18 days in Texas Itinerary

18 days in Texas Itinerary

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18 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Houston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Austin
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Dallas
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Auckland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Space Center Houston and then explore and take pictures at Minute Maid Park. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Houston, make a trip to Water Wall, then engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Heights Theater.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Houston online visit 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. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Auckland to Houston due to the time zone difference. In July, Houston is much warmer than Auckland - with highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
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Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Water Wall ©
Water Wall

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., and finally identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island journey planning website .

You can fly from Houston to South Padre Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Houston in July, expect nights in South Padre Island to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of USS LEXINGTON, then take in the views from Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, and then stroll through Port Aransas Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Corpus Christi trip planning website .

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 July, expect nights in Corpus Christi to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at The San Antonio River Walk and Natural Bridge Caverns. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Alamo, take in the history at Mission San Jose, admire the natural beauty at San Antonio Botanical Garden, and get in on the family fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to San Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in San Antonio are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

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 9th (Thu): make a trip to Charles Beckendorf Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, then do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, and finally admire all the interesting features of Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus.

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Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fredericksburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Antonio in July, with highs in Fredericksburg at 39°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus ©
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©
National Museum of the Pacific War ©

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Visiting Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol, explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, get your game on at The Escape Game Austin, and see the interesting displays at LBJ Presidential Library.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Austin tour itinerary planning website .

Drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dallas: Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, don't miss a visit to Top O'Hill Terrace, admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and enjoy breathtaking views from Reunion Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dallas online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Austin to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You will leave for home on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Fort Worth, The Escape Game Dallas, Top O'Hill Terrace
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