22 days in Texas Itinerary

22 days in Texas Itinerary

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San Antonio
— 5 nights
— 1 night
— 5 nights
— 4 nights
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
— 4 nights


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.
Kids will enjoy The San Antonio River Walk and The Alamo. There's much more to do: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and take in nature's colorful creations at San Antonio Botanical Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read San Antonio itinerary planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to San Antonio is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cartagena in October, plan for little chillier nights in San Antonio, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fredericksburg.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Fredericksburg — 1 night

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 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, don't miss a visit to Main Street, and then look for gifts at The Tinsmith's Wife.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fredericksburg sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Fredericksburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in October: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 31°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.
Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

Austin — 5 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Family-friendly places like Texas State Capitol and Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, admire the striking features of The Driskill, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in October, Austin is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Dallas.
Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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.
Kids will enjoy Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and Reunion Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Worth (Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, observe the fascinating underwater world at The Dallas World Aquarium, find something for the whole family at Six Flags Over Texas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dallas trip maker website.

You can fly from Austin to Dallas in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Dallas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to South Padre Island.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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 26th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Pirate's Landing Fishing Pier and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. On the 27th (Thu), 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 see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Dallas to South Padre Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dallas in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in South Padre Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can fly to Houston.
Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours
Side Trip

Houston — 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Space Center Houston and Houston Zoo. Take a break from Houston with a short trip to Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, see the interesting displays at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Funeral History.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Houston trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Houston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Houston. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums
Side Trip

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · History Museums · Room Escape Games
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.