11 days in Texas Itinerary

11 days in Texas Itinerary

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11 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Houston
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Austin
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Dallas
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: New York City

few
hours
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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Houston online road trip planner .

New York City to Houston is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Houston hover around 66°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Houston

Childrens Museums Museums Wildlife
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Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Quest Shark Adventures ©
Quest Shark Adventures

2
nights
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 20th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, then don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island journey builder .

Getting from Houston to South Padre Island by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Houston in December since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sabal Palm Sanctuary, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Alamo and Mission San Juan. Mission San Jose and La Villita Historic Arts Village will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting San Antonio side-trips: Cibolo Nature Center (in Boerne) and Sister Creek Vineyards (in Sisterdale). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, take in the history at Mission Concepcion, and shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read San Antonio trip planner.

Getting from South Padre Island to San Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from South Padre Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Antonio, with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cibolo Nature Center, Sister Creek Vineyards
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Mission Concepcion ©
Mission Concepcion

1
night
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 25th (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, then do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, and finally look for gifts at Dooley’s 5-10 & 25c Store.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip planner .

Getting from San Antonio to Fredericksburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in December: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 60°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Wineries Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Texas State Capitol and St. Mary's Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at South Congress Avenue and The Driskill. When in Austin, make a side trip to see Westcave Cellars Winery in Round Mountain, approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, get to know the fascinating history of Mount Bonnell, take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and see the interesting displays at LBJ Presidential Library.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Austin trip planner .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Austin when traveling from Fredericksburg in December, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Westcave Cellars Winery
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
LBJ Presidential Library ©
LBJ Presidential Library

1
night
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 29th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Cedar Ridge Preserve managed by Audubon Dallas. and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dallas trip builder site .

You can take a bus from Austin to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Austin in December, expect nights in Dallas to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan

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