15 days in Texas & New York City Itinerary

15 days in Texas & New York City Itinerary

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15 days in Texas & New York City Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
South Padre Island
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Auckland

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Space Center Houston. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Houston: Galveston (Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, The Seawall, & more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the sheer force of Water Wall, and look for gifts at Cacao & Cardamon Chocolatiers.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Houston online route planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Houston is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Auckland to Houston, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in August, things will get much warmer in Houston: highs are around 41°C and lows about 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Galveston
Highlights from your plan
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatiers ©
Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatiers
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston

4
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
We've included these beaches for you: Bay Head Beach and Mantoloking Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Food Tours. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Hyde Park (Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt & Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum) and Lucas candies (in Haverstraw). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, get interesting insight from Tours, and stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Houston to New York City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to New York City. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in September; daily highs in New York City reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Lucas candies, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Bay Head Beach, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market
Bay Head Beach ©
Bay Head Beach

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

Plan my day in South Padre Island using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to South Padre Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to South Padre Island. Traveling from New York City in September, expect South Padre Island to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
On the 8th (Sun), steep yourself in history at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay and then kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore.

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

Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Corpus Christi, with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Aransas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

2
nights
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards, then make a trip to Main Street, and finally take an unorthodox tour of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fredericksburg road trip website .

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to Fredericksburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Corpus Christi in September, Fredericksburg is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Main Street ©
Main Street

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