18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Adana, Turkey
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Austin
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
2
San Marcos
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
4
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Roswell
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Lubbock
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Waco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Fort Worth
— 1 night
Bus:  45​min
10
Dallas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Tyler
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Adana, Turkey

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 8th (Sun), examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library, then get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool, hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Austin day trip planner.

Adana, Turkey to Austin is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In December, daytime highs in Austin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to San Marcos.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©

1
night
San Marcos

San Marcos ©
San Marcos is a city in the U.S. On the 10th (Tue), walk around Camp Ben McCulloch, then view the masterpieces at Barn Pottery, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Gruene Historic District, and finally examine the collection at Dick's Classic Garage.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Marcos trip planner .

You can take a train from Austin to San Marcos in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Marcos can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a bus to San Antonio.

Things to do in San Marcos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

New Braunfels, Camp Ben McCulloch
Highlights from your plan
Dick's Classic Garage ©
Dick's Classic Garage
Gruene Historic District ©
Gruene Historic District
Camp Ben McCulloch ©
Camp Ben McCulloch

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and finally admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Main Plaza, then Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, and then walk around Friedrich Wilderness Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from San Marcos to San Antonio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

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nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): Head underground at King's Palace, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then Head underground at Big Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, then explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park online route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Antonio to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from San Antonio to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in December; daily highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park reach 17°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

1
night
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, then explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and then look and learn at Roswell Museum & Art Center.

Start your trip to Roswell by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -3°C in Roswell. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amarillo.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

1
night
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Cadillac Ranch, examine the collection at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amarillo day trip app .

You can fly from Roswell to Amarillo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Roswell to Amarillo due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Amarillo can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lubbock.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West ©
Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West
Cadillac Ranch ©
Cadillac Ranch
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum ©
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum

1
night
Lubbock

Lubbock ©
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Silent Wings Museum, then contemplate the long history of National Ranching Heritage Center, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Texas Tech University, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lubbock Veterans Memorial.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lubbock trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amarillo to Lubbock takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Lubbock, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Waco.

Things to do in Lubbock

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Ranching Heritage Center ©
National Ranching Heritage Center
Silent Wings Museum ©
Silent Wings Museum
Lubbock Veterans Memorial ©
Lubbock Veterans Memorial

1
night
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stop by Magnolia Market Silos, then see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, then see the interesting displays at Waco Mammoth National Monument, and finally take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Waco route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lubbock to Waco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lubbock in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Waco, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Magnolia Market Silos ©
Magnolia Market Silos
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum ©

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 19th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, explore the world behind art at Kimbell Art Museum, and then examine the collection at Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Worth trip planner .

Getting from Waco to Fort Worth by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kimbell Art Museum ©
Kimbell Art Museum

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cistercian Abbey, then take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dallas route maker website .

Traveling by bus from Fort Worth to Dallas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tyler.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cistercian Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©
Cistercian Abbey ©
Cistercian Abbey

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night
Tyler

Tyler ©
Tyler is a city located in central Smith County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): try to win big at Texas Rose Horse Park, stop by Potter's Gourmet Popcorn, then get to know the resident critters at Caldwell Zoo, and finally make a trip to Azalea Residential Historic District.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tyler trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dallas to Tyler takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and flight. In December in Tyler, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Tyler

Casinos Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Potter's Gourmet Popcorn
Highlights from your plan
Texas Rose Horse Park ©
Texas Rose Horse Park
Caldwell Zoo ©
Caldwell Zoo
Azalea Residential Historic District ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): find something for the whole family at Kemah Boardwalk, then examine the collection at Space Center Houston, and then test your team's savvy at Escape Hunt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Water Wall and then get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Houston road trip planner .

Getting from Tyler to Houston by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Tyler in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Houston, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt

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