12 days in Texas Itinerary

12 days in Texas Itinerary

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12 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h
1
Houston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Fort Worth
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
6
Dallas
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
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 10th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Houston Audubon and then get your game on at Escape Hunt. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Kemah Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, and then get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip itinerary builder website .

Charlotte to Houston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in April; daily highs in Houston reach 79°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
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Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt
Houston Audubon ©
Houston Audubon

1
night
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Houston to South Padre Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Houston in April since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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.
Visit The Alamo and San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral for their historical value. Get outdoors at The San Antonio River Walk and Natural Bridge Caverns. The adventure continues: take in the history at Mission San Jose, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Antonio, don't miss a visit to Main Plaza, and get to know the fascinating history of King William Historic District.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio road trip planning tool .

You can drive from South Padre Island to San Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from South Padre Island in April, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in San Antonio. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Texas State Capitol and Sitagu Buddha Vihara will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Bullock Texas State History Museum and LBJ Presidential Library. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum, get your game on at The Escape Game Austin, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Austin itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum

2
nights
Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, then admire the masterpieces at Kimbell Art Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fort Worth Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Top O'Hill Terrace, contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and then take a stroll through Sundance Square.

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You can drive from Austin to Fort Worth in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Fort Worth can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Dallas.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Top O'Hill Terrace
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Kimbell Art Museum ©
Kimbell Art Museum

1
night
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 21st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Cistercian Abbey, see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, then pause for some photo ops at Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District, and finally see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dallas holiday site .

You can drive from Fort Worth to Dallas in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cistercian Abbey
Highlights from your plan

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