Aside from a coat of green paint on the outside, Capitol City Crawler’s fleet of eco-friendly buses don’t look like all that different from other buses on the road. Look inside, though, and you’ll find what is essentially a club on wheels. There’s seating for 24 passengers, and the seats are arranged against the walls so there’s plenty of room for dancing, too. Each bus comes equipped with a bar, a thumping sound system, LED lighting, and an inflatable doorman. The buses are popular for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but they’re also suitable for kids’ birthday parties, brewery tours, and wine-tasting tours in the Hill Country.
Gliding Revolution makes it easy for visitors to explore the storied capital of the Lone Star State. Their tour guides pair patrons with easy-to-navigate Segways, orientating them to the apparatus’s settings and ticklish spots before leading them on any number of scenic jaunts. The Early Bird Special tour introduces riders to the city’s sites before rush hour, while the Capitol Pavement tour grants participants insider knowledge on Austin’s history with stops at the State Capital and Congress Avenue.
Once upon a time, Taylor Perkins and Michael "Stix" Tashnick were just childhood friends, long-time Austinites who each valued hard work and hard-earned adventures. These shared interests eventually led them to start Vintage Innovations, a transportation rental and tour company dedicated to facilitating rambles upon the open road. Rental clients chart a course aboard a vehicle from the company's vintage fleet, which includes shiny Airstream trailers, old-timey pick-ups, and band-ready tour busses once frequented by John Denver and the Willie Nelson Family Band.
On tours, professional drivers take over behind the wheel, ferrying clients to destinations including the city's best breweries, rowdiest honky-tonks, and picturesque regional wineries. They're also available for pick-up duty, adding a touch of excitement to bachelor or bachelorette parties, or simply delivering guests to area music and culture festivals with an extra shot of style.
It’s got 152 horsepower, a top speed north of 150 miles per hour, and at its release was named Best Sport-Tourer by Cycle World. It’s the BMW K1200GT, and it’s just one model in Hill Country Motorcycle Rentals’ fleet. The company’s comprehensive lineup also includes bikes from makes such as Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Honda, in designs ranging from sport to touring. Hill Country Motorcycle Rentals rents these by the day for self-guided tours around the Hill Country area, even offering suggested routes as riders cruise toward the 300-mile-per-day limit. The knowledgeable staff also leads in-depth guided tours through Queretaro, Mexico, during which riders can explore the quaint historical town with unlimited mileage. Hill Country Motorcycle also rents out Buddy, Honda, and Suzuki scooters, who fantasize about the day they will finally have tires big enough to pop a wheelie.
While it is easy to spot some of Kingdom Chauffeured Limousine Services' fleet of vehicles—such as a stretch limo transporting a bridal party or headed on a tour of wine country—some of their most impressive cars fit in any old parking space. The drivers spend most of their days catering to regular business travelers, ferrying them around town in the less elongated, yet more pronounced, style of a Mercedes Benz S550, Cadillac Escalade ESV, or Rolls Royce Phantom.
Most of the vehicles have tinted privacy glass for passengers, as well as pristinely maintained leather seats. Additionally, the stretch limousines boast privacy dividers, a premium sound system, and room for up to ten passengers or one extremely happy passenger and all of the stuffed animals he won at the carnival.
Though it has the silhouette of a school bus, the Ninja Bus is designed for transporting grownups on tailgating trips, bar crawls, and other treks around and outside town. Instead of the bench seating and whoopie cushions typical of most school buses, this bus has cushy banquettes and coolers ready to stock with heady libations. Passengers flick on the wi-fi enabled 42-inch TV to stream movies as they ride to their destination while phones charge at designated stations and 4G wireless Internet streams throughout the cabin. Meanwhile, the onboard stereo system provides the soundtrack for these hangouts on the go.