10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h
1
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Galveston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
You've now added Natural Bridge Caverns to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns and then explore the galleries of The Guenther House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and then contemplate the long history of Pioneer Museum Complex.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read San Antonio travel planner .

San Francisco to San Antonio is an approximately 6-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in San Antonio are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Fredericksburg
Highlights from your plan
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Becker Vineyards and Fall Creek Vineyards. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garrison Brothers Distillery and South Congress Avenue. Venture out of the city with trips to Johnson City (Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site & Hahne Estates Winery), Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery (in Burnet) and Hye (William Chris Vineyards & Calais Winery). There's more to do: admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol and take a stroll through SoCo District.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Austin trip planner .

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Austin sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Wineries Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hye, Johnson City, Becker Vineyards (Winery), Fall Creek Vineyards, Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
LBJ Texas White House ©
LBJ Texas White House
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery

2
nights
Galveston

Galveston ©
An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, stroll through Stewart Beach, and then wander the streets of The Strand. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Moody Mansion, then examine the collection at Texas Seaport Museum, then contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, and finally wander the streets of East End Historic District.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Galveston day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Austin to Galveston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Austin in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 53°F in Galveston. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Texas Seaport Museum ©
Texas Seaport Museum

2
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 2nd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, play a few rounds at Memorial Park, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rothko Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Houston online travel route planner .

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens ©
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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