17 days in Kansas City, Austin & South Padre Island Itinerary

17 days in Kansas City, Austin & South Padre Island Itinerary

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Kansas City
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Austin
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South Padre Island
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Kansas City — 3 nights

The city meets the Great Plains in Kansas City City, Kansas.
Bring the kids along to Snow Creek and Room Escape Games. Change things up with these side-trips from Kansas City: The National Silk Art Museum (in Weston) and Lawrence (Booth Family Hall of Athletics & Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Park Place, stop by Cabela's, stroll around Indian Creek Greenway, and examine the collection at 1950s All-Electric House.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kansas City travel route website.

Minneapolis to Kansas City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Austin.
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Austin — 8 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Texas State Capitol and Natural Bridge Caverns. Venture out of the city with trips to San Antonio (The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, The San Antonio River Walk, &more) and Fredericksburg (Main Street & National Museum of the Pacific War). There's lots more to do: trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Austin trip planner.

Getting from Kansas City to Austin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Austin sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to South Padre Island.
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South Padre Island — 5 nights

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Family-friendly places like Sea Turtle, Inc. and South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting South Padre Island side-trips: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum (in Harlingen), Estero Llano Grande State Park (in Weslaco) and Brownsville (Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park & Gladys Porter Zoo). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Austin to South Padre Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in South Padre Island when traveling from Austin in February, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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