15 days in Texas, Washington DC & Florida Itinerary

15 days in Texas, Washington DC & Florida Itinerary

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San Antonio
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Austin
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Washington DC
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Orlando
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Miami Beach
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Key West
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Dallas
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose and then take in the history at Mission San Juan. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, and finally let little ones run wild at Brackenridge Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Antonio trip builder website.

Sydney, Australia to San Antonio is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Antonio is minus 16 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in San Antonio at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games · Shopping

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Austin

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, then take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol, and finally steep yourself in history at The Driskill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Mexic-Arte Museum.

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Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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Washington DC

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Washington DC online day trip planner.

Fly from Austin to Washington DC in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Washington DC is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Austin in December: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

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Orlando

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): discover the magic at Walt Disney World Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Orlando journey tool.

Fly from Washington DC to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Orlando at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks

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Miami Beach

The World's Playground

Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 10th (Thu), kick back and relax at South Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, then explore the world behind art at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, and finally take a stroll through Lincoln Road.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami Beach itinerary site.

Getting from Orlando to Miami Beach by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Miami Beach when traveling from Orlando in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Key West

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Get out of town with these interesting Key West side-trips: SpaTerre at Little Palm Island Resort (in Little Torch Key) and Bahia Honda State Park (in Big Pine Key). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, don't miss a visit to Duval Street, look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Key West trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Miami Beach to Key West in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Key West, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Dallas

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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dallas online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Key West to Dallas in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Key West to Dallas. In December, Dallas is cooler than Key West - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Museums

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.

Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.