21 days in Texas Itinerary

21 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas attractions planner

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Houston
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
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San Antonio
— 5 nights
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Dallas
— 3 nights
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Houston

— 3 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.
The Strand and Moody Mansion will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Space Center Houston and Cockrell Butterfly Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: Whistling Duck Winery (in Weimar), Jason Catchings Hunting and Fishing Adventures (in Liberty) and Railean Rum Distillery (in San Leon). There's still lots to do: stroll through Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Houston road trip planning site.

Washington DC to Houston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Houston is minus 1 hour. In September, Houston is a bit warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 90°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Houston

Wildlife · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, stroll through Sea Turtle, Inc., and then stroll through Laguna Madre Nature Trail. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the South Padre Island road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Houston to South Padre Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in South Padre Island can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Austin.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Let the collections at LBJ Presidential Library and Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Texas State Capitol and St. Mary's Cathedral. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, join in the after-dark buzz at 6th Street, and admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Austin journey maker.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Austin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Austin when traveling from South Padre Island in September, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Fredericksburg

— 4 nights

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Fredericksburg is known for wineries, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of the Pacific War.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Austin to Fredericksburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Austin in September: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 87°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Alamo and Institute of Texan Cultures. Mission San Juan and La Villita Historic Arts Village will appeal to history buffs. Step out of San Antonio with an excursion to Teach 'Em to Fish in Spring Branch--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: gain some tasty knowledge on Cottonwood Wine Tours, contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and take a stroll through Southtown.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Antonio day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fredericksburg in September: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 94°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Dallas.

Things to do in San Antonio

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Dallas

— 3 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Popular historic sites such as Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Sundance Square are in your itinerary. Step out of Dallas to go to Athens and see The Retreat Massage & Day Spa, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Top O'Hill Terrace and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dallas trip builder site.

You can fly from San Antonio to Dallas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Antonio in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Dallas: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.