18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive
2
San Marcos
— 1 night
Drive
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Roswell
— 1 night
Drive
6
Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive
7
Lubbock
— 1 night
Fly
8
Waco
— 1 night
Drive
9
Fort Worth
— 1 night
Drive
10
Dallas
— 1 night
Drive
11
Tyler
— 1 night
Drive
12
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then admire the striking features of The Driskill, and finally get your game on at The Escape Game Austin.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Austin online trip planner.

Adana, Turkey to Austin is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 9 hours. In December in Austin, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Marcos.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

San Marcos

— 1 night
San Marcos is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): walk around Camp Ben McCulloch, take in the exciting artwork at Barn Pottery, then see a world frozen in time at Gruene Historic District, and finally see the interesting displays at Dick's Classic Garage.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Marcos trip website.

Getting from Austin to San Marcos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in San Marcos

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 2 nights

The Alamo City

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): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, browse the exhibits of The Alamo, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, and finally explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Main Plaza, then Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, and then stroll around Friedrich Wilderness Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Marcos to San Antonio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in San Antonio are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 2 nights
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): explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace, 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 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park tour website.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Antonio in December: high temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around 17°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Roswell

— 1 night
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 15th (Sun), see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and then see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Roswell trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Roswell when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in December, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Amarillo.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Childrens Museums

Amarillo

— 1 night

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
On the 16th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Cadallic Ranch, examine the collection at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum, and then get a taste of life in the country at Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West.

To find photos and tourist information, read Amarillo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Amarillo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Roswell to Amarillo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Amarillo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Lubbock.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums

Lubbock

— 1 night
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Silent Wings Museum, contemplate the long history of National Ranching Heritage Center, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Texas Tech University, and finally appreciate the history behind Lubbock Veterans Memorial.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lubbock trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Amarillo to Lubbock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lubbock are 15°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Waco.

Things to do in Lubbock

Museums · Historic Sites

Waco

— 1 night
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 examine the collection 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 ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Waco trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Lubbock to Waco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lubbock in December since evenings lows in Waco dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Shopping

Fort Worth

— 1 night

Where the West Begins

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, then explore the world behind art at Kimbell Art Museum, and then examine the collection at Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fort Worth trip planner.

You can drive from Waco to Fort Worth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Fort Worth can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dallas.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites · Museums

Dallas

— 1 night

Big D

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cistercian Abbey, stroll around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Worth to Dallas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Dallas are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tyler.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tyler

— 1 night
Tyler is a city located in central Smith County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): bet on a winner at Texas Rose Horse Park, stop by Potter's Gourmet Popcorn, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Caldwell Zoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Azalea Residential Historic District.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tyler trip planning tool.

You can drive from Dallas to Tyler in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of tram and flight. December in Tyler sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Tyler

Casinos · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Houston

— 2 nights

Bayou City

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), get in on the family fun at Kemah Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, and then get your game on at Escape Hunt. On the next day, stroll through Water Wall and then engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Houston trip planner.

You can drive from Tyler to Houston in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Tyler in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Houston. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.