12 days in Houston, Austin & San Antonio Itinerary

12 days in Houston, Austin & San Antonio Itinerary

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12 days in Houston, Austin & San Antonio Itinerary

Start: Houston
1
Houston
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
End: Houston

5
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.
Step out of Houston to go to Kemah and see Kemah Boardwalk, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Houston day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Indonesia, the closest major airports are George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport and William P Hobby Airport. In May, daytime highs in Houston are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kemah Boardwalk, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

3
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 (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Austin, then take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, and then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, then shop like a local with Wild About Music, and finally contemplate the long history of The Driskill.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Austin driving holiday planner.

Getting from Houston to Austin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May in Austin, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of The Alamo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Friedrich Wilderness Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio route planner.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in San Antonio are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

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