13 days in Texas Itinerary

13 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip maker

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Houston
— 3 nights
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Paris
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Dallas
— 2 nights
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Odessa
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Marfa
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 1 night
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San Antonio
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Houston

— 3 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.
For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Houston online holiday planner.

Monterrey, Mexico to Houston is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nightlife

Paris

Paris, Texas is a city and county seat of Lamar County, Texas, United States. For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip app.

Getting from Houston to Paris by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Houston in September, Paris is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Dallas

— 2 nights

Big D

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.
To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Dallas journey planner.

You can drive from Paris to Dallas in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Dallas when traveling from Paris in September, with lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Odessa.

Things to do in Dallas

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Museums

Odessa

Odessa is a city in and the county seat of Ector County, Texas, United States. Planning Odessa trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Dallas to Odessa with the Route module. In September, Odessa is a bit cooler than Dallas - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. You will leave for Marfa on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Odessa

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Museums · Parks

Marfa

— 2 nights
Marfa is a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Judd Foundation, see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, and then take a memorable drive along Davis Mountain Scenic Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden and then steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marfa online trip planner.

You can drive from Odessa to Marfa in 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Odessa in September: high temperatures in Marfa hover around 32°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Marfa

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 18th (Wed), stroll the grounds of Texas State Cemetery and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin vacation planning app.

Drive from Marfa to Austin in 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Marfa in September, with highs in Austin at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

San Antonio

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.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio visit planner.

Drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Isla Blanca Park and South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Padre Island: Brownsville (Boca Chica State Park & Children’s Museum of Brownsville). There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read South Padre Island trip site.

Getting from San Antonio to South Padre Island by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Antonio in September, you will find days in South Padre Island are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.