12 days in Texas Itinerary

12 days in Texas Itinerary

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12 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Houston
Drive:  1​h
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
San Marcos
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Austin
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Dallas
— 2 nights
End: Dallas

2
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
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.
On the 1st (Fri), take a stroll through East End Historic District, shop like a local with The Strand, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, and then immerse yourself in nature at Galveston Island State Park.

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

Houston to Galveston is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Galveston are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Nature
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Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Galveston Island State Park ©
Galveston Island State Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Historic District Market Square and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Houston trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites
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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then stroll through The San Antonio River Walk, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and finally contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Houston to San Antonio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Marcos.

Things to do in San Antonio

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
King William Historic District ©
King William Historic District

2
nights
San Marcos

San Marcos ©
San Marcos is a city in the U.S. On the 5th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Old Jail Museum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Marcos trip planner .

Drive from San Antonio to San Marcos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Marcos

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

New Braunfels, Lockhart State Park, Old Jail Museum
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Lockhart State Park ©
Lockhart State Park
Old Jail Museum ©
Old Jail Museum
Sophienburg Museum ©
Sophienburg Museum

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate the long history of The Driskill, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and then contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then get great views at Mount Bonnell, and then take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Austin driving holiday planner .

You can drive from San Marcos to Austin in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©

2
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
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 9th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Nasher Sculpture Center and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dallas travel itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Austin to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in February, with highs in Dallas at 19°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
Highlights from your plan
Bishop Arts District ©
Bishop Arts District

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