12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  20​h
1
Dallas
— 1 night
Bus:  45​min
2
Fort Worth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h
5
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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 11th (Fri): take a stroll through Bishop Arts District. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Caudalie Crest Winery, do a tasting at Eden Hill Winery & Vineyard, and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dallas road trip planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Dallas is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Auckland to Dallas. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in October: highs in Dallas hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Dallas

Wineries Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Celina
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Eden Hill Winery & Vineyard ©
Eden Hill Winery & Vineyard
Caudalie Crest Winery ©
Caudalie Crest Winery

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 13th (Sun): take a stroll through Fairmont Historic District, steep yourself in history at The Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, and then play a few rounds at Sugar Tree Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, then do a tasting at Times Ten Cellars Fort Worth, and then take a stroll through Sundance Square.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Worth trip itinerary planning site .

Take a bus from Dallas to Fort Worth in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Fort Worth can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sugar Tree Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Sundance Square ©
Sundance Square
Times Ten Cellars Fort Worth ©
Times Ten Cellars Fort Worth

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol, then get a taste of the local shopping with Wild About Music, and finally wander the streets of 6th Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at LBJ Presidential Library, contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool, then snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and finally take a stroll through South Congress Avenue.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Worth to Austin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Austin are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Alamo and San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grape Creek Vineyards on Main and Mission San Jose. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Grape Creek Vineyards (in Fredericksburg) and Hye (Garrison Brothers Distillery & Calais Winery). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, take a stroll through Southtown, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Villita Historic Arts Village.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, use the San Antonio trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hye, Fredericksburg
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Space Center Houston and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strand.

Discover how to plan a Houston trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from San Antonio to Houston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Houston sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

The Strand, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Strand ©
The Strand
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir ©
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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