17 days in Texas Itinerary

17 days in Texas Itinerary

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17 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Austin
1
Austin
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
2
San Marcos
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
3
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Dallas
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
7
Fort Worth
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
End: Dallas

5
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Appreciate the collections at Bullock Texas State History Museum and The Blanton Museum of Art. Texas State Capitol and St. Mary's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with South Congress Avenue, take a stroll through SoCo District, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Bonnell.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin vacation tool .

If you are flying in from Hong Kong, the closest major airports are Austin Bergstrom International Airport and San Antonio International Airport. In August in Austin, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Marcos.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
LBJ Presidential Library ©
LBJ Presidential Library

1
day
San Marcos

San Marcos ©
San Marcos is a city in the U.S. Tanger Outlets San Marcos has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets San Marcos and then get some fabulous bargains at San Marcos Premium Outlets.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Marcos road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Austin to San Marcos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Marcos are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in San Marcos

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
San Marcos Premium Outlets ©
San Marcos Premium Outlets
Tanger Outlets San Marcos ©
Tanger Outlets San Marcos

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes iFLY Indoor Skydiving - San Antonio. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of La Villita Historic Arts Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - San Antonio, get your game on at Topgolf San Antonio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Little Church of La Villita, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Antonio road trip planner .

Getting from San Marcos to San Antonio by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Thu) before leaving for Galveston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Fun & Games Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral ©
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

2
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Galveston Children's Museum. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at The Galveston Children's Museum. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, then get to know the fascinating history of The Strand, then look for gifts at Murdochs, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Galveston trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Galveston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from San Antonio, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galveston, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
The Strand ©
The Strand

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Houston (Memorial), Children's Museum of Houston and Space Center Houston. Museum-lovers will get to explore San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and Art Car Museum. Go for a jaunt from Houston to Spring to see Old Town Spring about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rothko Chapel.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Houston trip planning tool .

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Houston sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Old Town Spring, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Children's Museum of Houston ©
Children's Museum of Houston

3
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Dallas World Aquarium. Get some cultural insight at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Eden Hill Winery & Vineyard. Step out of Dallas with an excursion to Caudalie Crest Winery in Celina--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, stop by Wild Bill's Western Store, steep yourself in history at Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Grapevine Historic Main Street District.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dallas road trip site .

Getting from Houston to Dallas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dallas are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Celina, Grapevine Historic Main Street District
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
On the 30th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Sundance Square and then explore the world behind art at Kimbell Art Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Worth itinerary app .

Getting from Dallas to Fort Worth by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August in Fort Worth, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sundance Square ©
Sundance Square
Kimbell Art Museum ©
Kimbell Art Museum

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