5 days in Texas Itinerary

5 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas itinerary planner

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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Austin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Houston
— 1 night
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San Antonio

— 1 night

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, then explore the galleries of The Guenther House Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and finally go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, then take in the history at Mission Concepcion, and finally take a stroll around Tower of the Americas.

Before you visit San Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Richmond to San Antonio is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Richmond to San Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Richmond in December: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 66°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.
On the 25th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, then take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of The Driskill, take in the exciting artwork at Wild About Music, take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center, then get great views at Mount Bonnell, and finally stroll around Zilker Metropolitan Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Austin trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Austin sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Houston

— 1 night

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 27th (Sun), examine the collection at Space Center Houston.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston road trip planning website.

Drive from Austin to Houston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Houston sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums
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Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.