12 days in Texas Itinerary

12 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner

Make it your trip
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Dallas
— 1 night
Drive
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Austin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive
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San Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Houston
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
On the 5th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at Lifestylez Nails Spa and then contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with The Spirit of Dallas, then walk around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dallas holiday maker app.

Detroit to Dallas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Detroit in October, with highs in Dallas at 82°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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, take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip website.

You can 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 9th (Fri) early enough 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 10th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of 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.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Fredericksburg trip planning website.

Getting from Austin to Fredericksburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Austin in October: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 80°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums · Wineries · Tours

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 in nature's colorful creations at San Antonio Botanical Garden, take in the history at Mission San Jose, and indulge in some culinary diversions at Cottonwood Wine Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio road trip planning site.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): 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: take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall and then see the interesting displays at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Houston driving holiday planning site.

Drive from San Antonio to Houston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.