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From 1927 until 2009, the Piper Aircraft company produced 144,000 airplanes. Of those, 90,000 are still flying. One is a 1978 single-engine Saratoga that can often be seen soaring over the hills and lakes of the Texas landscape.

Inside that Saratoga, the Air Tours Texas pilots lead up to five passengers on scenic tours and adventures, sharing scenic aerial views of Lake Travis, Canyon Lake, Austin, San Antonio, and Enchanted Rock with their awestruck human cargo. The group of pilots also offers sunset flights, stunningly romantic marriage-proposal flights, and copilot experiences that introduce aspiring pilots to flight basics.

1807 Airport Dr
San Marcos,
TX
US

Brothers Jason and Mike Baxter grew up with an intense love for muscle cars, leading them to accumulate a few over the years. But enjoying these cars wasn't enough. They wanted to share the romance of motoring down open highways inside V8-powered rolling Detroit iron with others. And most importantly, they wanted to make that experience affordable. From out of these simple guidelines, they started American Muscle Car Rentals.

Sporting a fleet of muscle cars that combine modern amenities with bygone-era flair, Jason and Mike outfit drivers with rides such as Dodge Challengers, Shelby Cobras, and Chevy Camaros. The cars contain up to 580 horsepower and enough clout to upgrade Pluto’s status back to planet. A convenient person-and-vehicle dropoff removes legwork and unites man and machine at predetermined locations.

501 Highway 71 West
Bastrop,
TX
US

Members of car2go enjoy the freedom of transportation that comes with owning a car without the worries of keeping up its maintenance or discovering that it’s a robot in disguise. Participants can reserve a car ahead of time through the company’s website or snag an unreserved vehicle by swiping their membership card past the windshield to unlock it and punching in a PIN to start it up. All fuel, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs are included with each rental, allowing patrons hassle-free travel as they explore downtown or give their pet goldfish a tour of the suburbs. After zipping around town, members park in an open car2go spot and walk away, letting a team of cleaners and technicians take care of the rest.

800 W 5th St
Austin,
TX
US

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.

5410 Airport Blvd
Austin,
TX
US

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.

20 N I H 35
Austin,
TX
US

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.

444 East Saint Elmo Road
Austin,
TX
US