12 days in Texas Itinerary

12 days in Texas Itinerary

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Houston
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
Drive
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Austin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dallas
— 4 nights
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Houston

— 2 nights

Bayou City

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 21st (Wed), engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Wall, then explore the world behind art at The Menil Collection, and finally admire the masterpieces at Rothko Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum Houston, and then enjoy some diversion at Discovery Green.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Houston day trip planner.

Orlando to Houston is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. October in Houston sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 1 night

The Oleander City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): wander the streets of The Strand, then get engrossed in the history at Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, then admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, and finally admire the landmark architecture of 1880 Garten Verein. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Old City Cemetery, steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, and finally find something for the whole family at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Galveston trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

San Antonio

— 2 nights

The Alamo City

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 25th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at San Antonio Botanical Garden, take in the history at Mission San Jose, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and finally take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of the Americas.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read San Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Galveston to San Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Antonio when traveling from Galveston in October, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then see the interesting displays at LBJ Presidential Library, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol, and then snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Austin sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Dallas

— 4 nights

Big D

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.
Dallas is known for museums, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Grassy Knoll, pause for some photo ops at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, and examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dallas online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Austin to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.