12 days in Texas Itinerary

12 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas tour itinerary builder

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Dallas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Austin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Houston
— 2 nights
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Dallas

— 2 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District & Kimbell Art Museum) and Black Watch Sailing Charters (in Grapevine). There's still lots to do: stroll around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and pause for some photo ops at Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dallas day trip planning website.

Fort Lauderdale to Dallas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Dallas, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Austin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Dallas to Austin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Austin, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Fredericksburg

— 1 night

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then make a trip to Main Street.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg trip site.

You can drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Austin in October, with highs in Fredericksburg at 80°F and lows at 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums · Wineries · Tours

San Antonio

— 3 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.
San Antonio is known for shopping, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at The Alamo, take an in-depth tour of Institute of Texan Cultures, browse the exhibits of The Guenther House Museum, and shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

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Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fredericksburg in October: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 87°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

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 31st (Sat), stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery and then see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Houston Museum of Natural Science and then explore the world behind art at The Menil Collection.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Houston trip site.

You can drive from San Antonio to Houston in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. October in Houston sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.