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Texas State Capital Building on Austin Self-Guided Bike Tour
Pennybacker Bridge on Austin Self-Guided bike tour
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Barton Springs on Austin Self-Guided Bike Tour
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Austin Self-Guided Bike Tour

Discover the Live Music Capital of the World

Austin offers visitors an unforgettable cycling experience with more than 30 miles of urban trails paired with a funky art scene and fantastic food. Rated among the “Top Bicycling Cities in America” by Forbes Traveler and “Top 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities in America” by Bicycling Magazine, this self-guided city tour will show off everything Austin has to offer including impressive green spaces, urban bike trails, innovative art installations, and stunning views of the Colorado River. Spend your days cycling along the city’s many bike lanes revealing street art on every corner and save some energy for the evenings as you discover why this great city is known as the live music capital of the world. Oh, and don’t miss the world-class barbecue from a sample of the region’s portfolio of food trucks! Book your trip with confidence »
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Trip Wows
Stay in the cultural hub of Austin at a handpicked boutique hotel with live music every night.
Cycle along the Colorado River and explore some of Austin's most impressive parks in the heart of the city, including Zilker Park - home of the famed Barton Springs.
Explore the quirky neighborhoods and street art throughout the city. "Keep Austin Weird"
Eat at one of the many world-famous BBQ joints to feel like you've joined a block party with staff selling beer to the lines out the door, enjoy fine dining at one of the many farm-to-table restaurants, or pick up some tacos from Austin's famed food truck scene.
Choose from over 250 venues to fully experience the live music capital of the world.
Rider in Austin, Texas
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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Hopefully you can feel the city’s "weird," wonderful vibes the moment you set foot in Austin. Drop your luggage off at the hotel’s front desk and be dressed and ready to ride as your host will meet you in the hotel lobby at 11:00 AM. Today you'll warm up your legs and get a taste of the city's impressive cycling infrastructure as you ride past many of the iconic murals across Austin including “I Love You So Much” and “You’re My Butter Half.” After your first day’s spin, the afternoon is yours to unwind. Change into your swimsuit and head up to the hotel's luxurious rooftop pool to enjoy a craft cocktail while looking out onto Lady Bird Lake. Relax as you catch some sun or cool off in the pool. Need a suggestion for dinner? Just take a look at our carefully selected dining recommendations found in your Ride With GPS App.

Today's Ride:

Austin Iconic Art Loop
Approximately 35 mi | 32 km and 1,200 ft | 365 m

Hotel:

Hotel Van Zandt

Today you'll ride over the Colorado River on your way to Mckinney Creek State Park. If you’re in the mood, take a short hike to Lower McKinney Falls and admire Onion Creek spilling over Limestone Ledge. Keep an eye out for wildlife and you might even spot an armadillo! On your way home you’ll ride past the iconic “Greetings From Austin” mural. After a great day of riding, consider heading to the hotel lobby for free (local) brew or wine at happy hour after your day’s ride. Tonight we suggest that you pop up to the fourth floor for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Geraldine’s. This local gem offers live music on the restaurant’s in-house stage and breathtaking views overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Bring your appetite as the menu features innovative main courses, shared plates, and “Feasts” that highlight local, seasonal flavors.

Today's Ride:

Austin to McKinney Creek Falls
Approximately 30 mi | 56 km and 1,290 ft | 393 m

Short Option:

Thicket Park Lunch
Approximately 17.4 mi | 28 km and 786 ft | 240 m

Hotel:

Hotel Van Zandt

Included Meals:

Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, prepare to tackle a classic and challenging ride that boasts beautiful and iconic urban views of downtown Austin. It's best to get an early start today as this route does see its fair share of traffic during rush hours. The ride includes a spin on the bike path across one of the most photographed features of Austin — the Pennybacker Bridge. This iconic, popular bridge crossing over the Colorado River is one of the highlights of the ride, but certainly not the only one. If your legs are not too tired this evening, consider heading to the Broken Spoke, an old-fashioned honky-tonk that’s been known as one of the best dance halls in Texas since opening in 1964. Get ready for a lively night of great music and a little two-stepping!

Today's Ride:

Austin 360 Loop
Approximately 30 mi | 48 km and 1,600 ft | 488 m

Avid Option:

North Hill Loop
Approximately 54 mi | 88 km and 3,573 ft | 1,089 m

Hotel:

Hotel Van Zandt

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Your final ride takes you through a mixture of green spaces and more historic sites of Austin. Loosen up your legs as you pass the State Capitol and roll through the recreational area of Zilker Park, a lush oasis that sits alongside Ladybird Lake, for your final ride. Alternatively, take this morning to sleep in and grab a coffee at one of the many locally-owned coffee shops downtown or pick up some last-minute gifts before checkout. Your time in Austin has been full of charm, attitude, and the kind of memories that will surely last forever!

Today's Ride:

Capital Loop
Approximately 20 mi | 33 km and 1,151 ft | 351 m

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hopefully you can feel the city’s "weird," wonderful vibes the moment you set foot in Austin. Drop your luggage off at the hotel’s front desk and be dressed and ready to ride as your host will meet you in the hotel lobby at 11:00 AM. Today you'll warm up your legs and get a taste of the city's impressive cycling infrastructure as you ride past many of the iconic murals across Austin including “I Love You So Much” and “You’re My Butter Half.” After your first day’s spin, the afternoon is yours to unwind. Change into your swimsuit and head up to the hotel's luxurious rooftop pool to enjoy a craft cocktail while looking out onto Lady Bird Lake. Relax as you catch some sun or cool off in the pool. Need a suggestion for dinner? Just take a look at our carefully selected dining recommendations found in your Ride With GPS App.

Today's Ride:

Austin Iconic Art Loop
Approximately 20 mi | 32 km and 1,200 ft | 366 m

Hotel:

Hotel Van Zandt

Today you'll ride over the Colorado River on your way to Mckinney Creek State Park. If you’re in the mood, take a short hike to Lower McKinney Falls and admire Onion Creek spilling over Limestone Ledge. Keep an eye out for wildlife and you might even spot an armadillo! On your way home you’ll ride past the iconic “Greetings From Austin” mural. Avid riders can cycle country roads leading to COTA, Circuit of The Americas, home to the only Formula 1 and MotoGP races in the country. After a great day of riding, consider heading to the hotel lobby for free (local) brew or wine at happy hour after your day’s ride. Tonight we suggest that you pop up to the fourth floor for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Geraldine’s. This local gem offers live music on the restaurant’s in-house stage and breathtaking views overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Bring your appetite as the menu features innovative main courses, shared plates, and “Feasts” that highlight local, seasonal flavors.

Today's Ride:

Austin to McKinney Creek Falls
Approximately 30 mi | 48 km and 1,290 ft | 393 m

Avid Option:

Austin to COTA
Approximately 65 mi | 104 km and 1,650 ft | 502 m

Hotel:

Hotel Van Zandt

Included Meals:

Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, prepare to tackle a classic and challenging ride that boasts beautiful and iconic urban views of downtown Austin. It's best to get an early start today as this route does see its fair share of traffic during rush hours. The ride includes a spin on the bike path across one of the most photographed features of Austin — the Pennybacker Bridge. This iconic, popular bridge crossing over the Colorado River is one of the highlights of the ride, but certainly not the only one. If your legs are not too tired this evening, consider heading to the Broken Spoke, an old-fashioned honky-tonk that’s been known as one of the best dance halls in Texas since opening in 1964. Get ready for a lively night of great music and a little two-stepping!

Today's Ride:

Austin 360 Loop
Approximately 30 mi | 48 km and 1,600 ft | 488 m

Avid Option:

North Hill Loop
Approximately 54 mi | 88 km and 3,573 ft | 1,089 m

Hotel:

Hotel Van Zandt

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Your final ride takes you through a mixture of green spaces and more historic sites of Austin. Loosen up your legs as you pass the State Capitol and roll through the recreational area of Zilker Park, a lush oasis that sits alongside Ladybird Lake, for your final ride. Alternatively, take this morning to sleep in and grab a coffee at one of the many locally-owned coffee shops downtown or pick up some last-minute gifts before checkout. Your time in Austin has been full of charm, attitude, and the kind of memories that will surely last forever!

Today's Ride:

Capital Loop
Approximately 20 mi | 33 km and 1,151 ft | 351 m

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Austin, Texas

Luxury Accommodation | A refined riff on Austin's world-famous music scene, the Hotel Van Zandt is the perfect home base for all your explorations. Step out the door and you'll be walking distance from Lady Bird Lake, lively restaurants and bars in the Rainey Street Historic District, and of course, world-famous BBQ. This boutique hotel showcases the fun and funk of Austin with touches of music and chic decor in every corner alongside views of Lady Bird Lake or the city's skyline from your room. After a day of riding, you can relax by the fireplace and enjoy the hand-selected vinyl collection in the hotel lobby or head to the rooftop pool and enjoy a craft cocktail from the bar as you soak in the skyline views. Don't miss a meal at the onsite restaurant, Geraldine's, which offers an upscale Texas-inspired menu, craft cocktails, and a stage with live music each evening.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel self-guided bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More experiences. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Emonda SL 5 Disc

The Trek Emonda SL 5 Disc is the perfect bike for your self-guided trip. Its lightweight aerodynamic frame will have you cruising with ease throughout your day. The Shimano hydraulic brakes give you consistent stopping power and control in any weather. The Emonda SL 5 is equipped with Shimano 105 components, the workhorse group of Shimano's lineup that will keep your focus on enjoying the hills with its buttery smooth shifting. We think you'll like this bike so much, you'll want to get one of your own! Learn More

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Trek Electric Assist Verve+ 3

This comfortable bike is perfectly designed to give you that little boost you want. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

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Trek Electric Assist Verve+ 3 Low-Step

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ 3 is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Three nights of accommodation at a handpicked hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Trek Emonda SL 5 disc road bikeTrek Electric-Assist Verve+3 or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+3 Lowstep
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin GPS computer, a flat pack containing one tube, two tire levers, CO2 cartridge with inflator, and a patch kit (the flat pack is only large enough for these items so if additional gear is needed, please plan to bring your own bar bag or small backpack for daily rides)
  • A mini frame pump, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal riding position
  • Ride With GPS Experience on your phone to get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure

GEAR

  • Trek Emonda SL 5 disc road bike,Trek Electric-Assist Verve+3 or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+3 Lowstep, available in a limited quantity
  • Garmin GPS computer with mount
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack containing one tube, two tire levers, CO2 cartridge with inflator, and a patch kit (the flat pack is only large enough for these items so if additional gear is needed, please plan to bring your own bar bag or small backpack for daily rides)
  • A mini frame pump
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers, and a floor pump
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your Trek Travel host will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

For self-guided trips you are welcome to thank your host with a gratuity based on your level of service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
31 miles
TOTAL MILES:
123 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,900 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
7,620 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain The terrain is varied, with gradual and short, punchy climbs throughout the week. Day three is a long climb with grades up to 7%. has a mixture of rolling hills and flat stretches. Austin Self-Guided Bike Tour is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. At times you will cycle on a mixture of dedicated cycling lanes next to traffic and on bike trails with packed gravel, riders should have secure bike handling skills and comfort riding all miles unsupported. The routes have been designed to avoid busy roadways as much as possible, however, urban riding and sections of busy roads are unavoidable in Austin.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip for riders who want to take the afternoon off or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Tour the Texas State Capitol
  • Take a swim and enjoy a 'beach day' at Barton Springs pool
  • Visit Blanton Museum of Art
  • Shopping South Congress Avenue
  • Experience the world-famous Franklin BBQ
  • Explore one of the 300 city parks and art in public places
  • Take in the thriving live music scene every night

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or Trek Travel's local experts to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Van Zandt, Austin, Texas

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hotel Van Zandt, Austin, Texas

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day before the start of your Austin Self-Guided bike tour, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Most major rental car companies are available at AUS, and other standard transportation options include ride services including Uber, Lyft, and Ride Austin.

From the airport, you can call a taxi or ride share to take you downtown. It is approximately 20 miles from the airport to the meeting day hotel in downtown Austin, and a taxi ride should take about 20-25 minutes and cost $40.

Your Trek Travel host will meet you in the lobby of the Hotel Van Zandt (605 Davis St Austin, TX 78701) at 11:00 AM. Come prepared to ride in your cycling clothes and anything you will need for the day’s ride like personal pedals, saddles, etc. You may store your luggage with the hotel front desk if you have just arrived. Here your host will fit you to your Trek bike and make sure you are comfortable and well prepared for the week ahead. You'll then head out on your first bike ride in Austin.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your Trek Travel host by calling Trek Bicycle Lamar store (512-477-3472), and provide them with your expected arrival time and contact details.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 11:00 AM at the Hotel Van Zandt to collect your bike and equipment. From here you may choose to extend your stay in the area or secure a taxi back to the Austin-Bergsttrom Airport. Do not book flights departing before 2:00 PM.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Austin area enjoys generally warm, dry weather which makes these rides particularly enjoyable. The spring and fall can see the highs range from the high 60s to low 80s, while the lows are generally between 40 and 50 degrees (Fahrenheit). We always recommend bringing along riding layers and even a bit of rain gear so you can keep riding comfortably throughout the day. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Austin, Texas

Austin is the state capital of Texas, an inland city bordering the Hill Country region. Home to the University of Texas flagship campus, it's known for its live-music scene centered around country, blues, and rock. Its many parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming, and boating. South of the city, Formula One's Circuit of the Americas raceway has hosted the United States Grand Prix. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre- and post-trip stay in Austin:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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