21 days in Texas Itinerary

21 days in Texas Itinerary

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— 3 nights
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
San Antonio
— 5 nights
— 4 nights


Houston — 3 nights

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.
Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Splashway Waterpark (in Sheridan) and Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum Houston, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo, and engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston online tour itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Houston is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Houston is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Manchester in August, expect Houston to be much hotter, temps between 41°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly to South Padre Island.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle, Inc., then stroll through South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then look for gifts at Seas the Day.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island day trip planning site.

You can fly from Houston to South Padre Island in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Houston in August, you will find days in South Padre Island are a bit cooler (37°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to Austin.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Austin — 4 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Go for a jaunt from Austin to Round Rock to see Play for all park about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, grab your bike and head to Barton Creek Greenbelt, and hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Austin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Austin, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Side Trips

Fredericksburg — 2 nights

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at The Tinsmith's Wife, grab your bike and head to Kerrville River Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Medina River.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg journey builder tool.

You can drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Austin in August: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 39°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Side Trips

San Antonio — 5 nights

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Get out of town with these interesting San Antonio side-trips: Frio Bat Flight Tours (in Concan) and Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels (in New Braunfels). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Antonio Zoo, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and take in the history at Mission San Jose.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the San Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fredericksburg to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Antonio, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Dallas.
Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Dallas — 4 nights

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 find plenty of places to visit near Dallas: NRH2O Family Water Park (in North Richland Hills) and Blase Family Farm (in Rockwall). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, get outside with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Top O'Hill Terrace, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Dallas World Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas route builder.

Fly from San Antonio to Dallas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Side Trips

Texas travel guide

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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.