22 days in Texas Itinerary

22 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner
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Houston
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 5 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 4 nights
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Dallas
— 3 nights
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Strand and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Museum-lovers will get to explore Space Center Houston and Cockrell Butterfly Center. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and stop by Chinatown.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip planner.

Canberra, Australia to Houston is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. When traveling from Canberra in December, plan for slightly colder days in Houston, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to South Padre Island.
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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 20th (Tue): take in the history at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip maker.

You can fly from Houston to South Padre Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in South Padre Island when traveling from Houston in December, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.
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Austin — 5 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Bullock Texas State History Museum and LBJ Presidential Library. Do some cultural sightseeing at Texas State Capitol and South Congress Avenue. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Marble Falls in Marble Falls (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Barton Creek Greenbelt, walk around Zilker Metropolitan Park, admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Austin online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Austin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from South Padre Island in December, with highs in Austin at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.
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Fredericksburg — 3 nights

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Get outdoors at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Kerrville River Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and National Museum of the Pacific War. Step out of Fredericksburg with an excursion to Old Blanco County Courthouse in Blanco--about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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Traveling by car from Austin to Fredericksburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fredericksburg, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 4 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 some cultural insight at The Alamo and La Villita Historic Arts Village. Let the collections at McNay Art Museum and Blue Star Contemporary capture your imagination. The adventure continues: Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, take in the history at Mission San Jose, shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and take a stroll through Southtown.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Antonio route planning site.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fredericksburg in December; daily highs in San Antonio reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Dallas.
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Dallas — 3 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.
On the 3rd (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grapevine Historic Main Street District, see the interesting displays at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and then take a stroll through Sundance Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dallas trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to Dallas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Antonio in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Dallas: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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