12 days in Texas Itinerary

12 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas attractions planner

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Dallas
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Austin
— 3 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 4 nights
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Houston
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Dallas

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Kimbell Art Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with The Spirit of Dallas, then walk around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dallas travel planner.

Austin to Dallas is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Dallas are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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: contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol, gain a rich perspective with Bike and Brew ATX, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Austin road trip planner.

Drive from Dallas to Austin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 15th (Thu), 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 don't miss a visit to Main Street.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Austin in October; daily highs in Fredericksburg reach 80°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Tours · Wineries · Museums

San Antonio

— 4 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, savor the flavors at Cottonwood Wine Tours, and admire the natural beauty at San Antonio Botanical Garden.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in October, things will get somewhat warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 87°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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 20th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery and then examine the collection at Space Center Houston. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Water Wall and then get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Houston trip planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Houston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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.