12 days in Texas Itinerary

12 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner

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Waco
— 1 night
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Austin
— 3 nights
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Houston
— 4 nights
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South Padre Island
— 3 nights
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Waco

— 1 night
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
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Washington DC to Waco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Waco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Waco: temperatures range from 96°F by day to 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Shopping

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at San Marcos Premium Outlets and Luckenbach Texas General Store. Step off the beaten path and head to Dick's Classic Garage and LBJ Texas White House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Austin: Grape Creek Vineyards (in Fredericksburg), Barn Pottery (in New Braunfels) and Texcetera (in Johnson City). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Texas Military Forces Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Falls on the Colorado Museum, get lost in a book at Harry Ransom Center, and view the masterpieces at The Blanton Museum of Art.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Austin day trip tool.

Getting from Waco to Austin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 98°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Houston

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at 1892 Bishop's Palace and Battleship Texas State Historic Site. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Holocaust Museum Houston and Cockrell Butterfly Center. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Pine Gully Park (in Seabrook) and Galveston (Moody Mansion, Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, admire the masterpieces at Art Car Museum, stroll through Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and make a trip to Cy Twombly Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Houston online trip planner.

Getting from Austin to Houston by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 3 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Isla Blanca Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets and Karen's Custom Toe Rings. Go for a jaunt from South Padre Island to Harlingen to see Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read South Padre Island trip website.

Fly from Houston to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in July: highs in South Padre Island hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

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.