11 days in Texas Itinerary

11 days in Texas Itinerary

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11 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Thunder Bay
Fly + Drive:  14 h 15 min
1
Fort Worth
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
5
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Thunder Bay

1
night
Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Grapevine Historic Main Street District, wander the streets of Sundance Square, then admire the natural beauty at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with SiNaCa Studio School of Glass and Gallery.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Worth trip itinerary planning site .

Thunder Bay, Canada to Fort Worth is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Fort Worth is warmer than Thunder Bay - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Grapevine Historic Main Street District
Highlights from your plan
Sundance Square ©
Sundance Square
Fort Worth Botanic Garden ©
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Grapevine Historic Main Street District ©

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol and then revel in the low prices at San Marcos Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of South Congress Avenue, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then identify plant and animal life at Hamilton Pool Preserve, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sitagu Buddha Vihara.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Austin trip builder app .

Getting from Fort Worth to Austin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamilton Pool Preserve, San Marcos Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve
San Marcos Premium Outlets ©
San Marcos Premium Outlets

2
nights
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore and take pictures at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, then do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Becker Vineyards (Winery). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, do a tasting at Calais Winery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Longhorn Cavern State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Austin in October, things will get a bit cooler in Fredericksburg: highs are around 31°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hye, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, Becker Vineyards (Winery), Longhorn Cavern State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, take in the history at Mission Concepcion, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and then see a world frozen in time at Gruene Historic District.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio road trip planner .

Getting from Fredericksburg to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fredericksburg in October: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 36°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gruene Historic District
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Gruene Historic District ©
Gruene Historic District
Mission Concepcion ©
Mission Concepcion

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Galveston Railroad Museum, get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): wander the streets of East End Historic District, contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, then contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, and finally look for gifts at Murdochs.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Houston itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from San Antonio to Houston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Houston sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Galveston
Highlights from your plan
1892 Bishop's Palace ©
1892 Bishop's Palace
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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