16 days in Texas Itinerary

16 days in Texas Itinerary

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16 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Jacksonville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Houston
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
5
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Get outdoors at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Family-friendly places like Texas State Capitol and Hamilton Pool Preserve will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool, take some stellar pictures from Mount Bonnell, get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, and stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip planning site .

London, UK to Austin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, tram, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Austin is minus 6 hours. While traveling from London, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Austin, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hamilton Pool Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

4
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.
Do your shopping at The San Antonio River Walk and Tower of the Americas. Take a break from the city and head to Natural Bridge Caverns and San Antonio Zoo. Pack the 31st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Antonio. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, and contemplate the long history of The Alamo.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio online route planner .

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
SeaWorld San Antonio ©
SeaWorld San Antonio
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

2
nights
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
Jacksonville is a city located in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. On the 2nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Black Beauty Ranch, then relax in the rural setting at Echo Springs Blueberry Farm, and then identify plant and animal life at Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari. On the next day, stroll through Love's Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Grapeland Safari, then identify plant and animal life at Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, and finally identify plant and animal life at Rusk, TX Footbridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jacksonville trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Jacksonville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Antonio in June: highs in Jacksonville hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Murchison, Grapeland Safari, Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Rusk, TX Footbridge
Highlights from your plan
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari ©
Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area ©
Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area
Love's Lookout ©
Love's Lookout

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.
Get outdoors at Houston Zoo and Houston Audubon. Family-friendly places like Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and The Houston Museum of Natural Science will thrill your kids. Take a break from Houston with a short trip to Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary in High Island, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, admire the sheer force of Water Wall, and get your game on at The Escape Game Houston.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Houston online day trip planner .

You can drive from Jacksonville to Houston in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the South Padre Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Houston to South Padre Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in June: highs in South Padre Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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