12 days in Texas Itinerary

12 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip maker

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Austin
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 5 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 1 night
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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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.
Kids will enjoy Barton Springs Pool and LBJ Presidential Library. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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Cincinnati to Austin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cincinnati in June, expect Austin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 93°F and 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

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San Antonio

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like SeaWorld and Natural Bridge Caverns will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Fredericksburg (Charles Beckendorf Gallery, Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, get into the urban bustle at Tower of the Americas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

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Getting from Austin to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in San Antonio are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Corpus Christi

— 1 night

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
On the 13th (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Texas State Aquarium and then learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.

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Traveling by car from San Antonio to Corpus Christi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

South Padre Island

— 2 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 14th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Port Isabel Lighthouse, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, stop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc..

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Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Corpus Christi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.