54 days in Texas & New York City Itinerary

54 days in Texas & New York City Itinerary

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54 days in Texas & New York City Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Houston
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Jacksonville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Austin
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Antonio
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Fredericksburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Big Bend National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
7
New York City
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Grapevine
— 7 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Sydney

7
nights
Houston

Houston ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Washington-on-the-Brazos (in Washington), Brazos Bend State Park (in Needville) and iFLY (in Oak Ridge North). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Escape Hunt, look for all kinds of wild species at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary, trek along White Oak Bayou Trail, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Houston road trip planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Houston is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Houston is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect nights in Houston to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

High Island, Brazos Bend State Park, Texas Wolfdog Project, iFLY, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt
Brazos Bend State Park ©
Brazos Bend State Park
iFLY ©
iFLY

2
nights
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
Jacksonville is a city located in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): hike along Davey Dogwood Park, identify plant and animal life at Grapeland Safari, and then identify plant and animal life at Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari. Keep things going the next day: walk around Love's Lookout, admire the majestic nature at Mission Tejas State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jacksonville day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Houston to Jacksonville in 3 hours. Traveling from Houston in April, Jacksonville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Grapeland, Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Davey Dogwood Park
Highlights from your plan
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari ©
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari
Grapeland Safari ©
Grapeland Safari
Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area ©
Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area

7
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Take a break from Austin with a short trip to Play for all park in Round Rock, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin visit planning site .

Getting from Jacksonville to Austin by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Play for all park, Typhoon Texas
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

8
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
San Antonio is known for shopping, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at San Antonio Botanical Garden, browse the exhibits of The Alamo, and take in the history at Mission San Jose.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in San Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Antonio Western Shooting ©
San Antonio Western Shooting
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

5
nights
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fredericksburg: Kerrville River Trail (in Kerrville), The Y.O. Ranch (in Mountain Home) and Fort McKavett State Historic Site (in Fort Mc Kavett). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, immerse yourself in nature at Inks Lake State Park, explore the striking landscape at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fredericksburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in May, things will get slightly colder in Fredericksburg: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerrville River Trail, Fort McKavett State Historic Site, Inks Lake State Park, Garrison Brothers Distillery, The Y.O. Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus ©
The Y.O. Ranch ©
The Y.O. Ranch
Fort McKavett State Historic Site ©
Fort McKavett State Historic Site

5
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Big Bend National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, stroll through The Window Trail, hike along Lost Mine Trail, and play a few rounds at Lajitas Zipline.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Big Bend National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Fredericksburg in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Big Bend National Park: highs are around 39°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon

9
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Bury The Hatchet Old Bridge - Axe Throwing (in Old Bridge), Negri-Napote Native Grassland Preserve (in Somerset) and Bury The Hatchet Princeton - Axe Throwing (in Lawrenceville). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, go for a walk through The High Line, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to New York City in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Big Bend National Park, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grapevine.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bury The Hatchet Princeton - Axe Throwing, Negri-Napote Native Grassland Preserve, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bury The Hatchet Old Bridge - Axe Throwing
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

7
nights
Grapevine

Grapevine ©
Named for the fruit that grows here, Grapevine cultivates its local flavor in grapes and wines.
Venture out of the city with trips to Extreme Sandbox - North Texas (in Pottsboro), Allen (Celebration Park & Joe Famer Recreation Center) and Dallas Axe Throwing (in Richardson). There's much more to do: get your game on at The Escape Game Dallas, identify plant and animal life at ShangriLlama, head outdoors with North Texas Lake Charters, and contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Grapevine road trip planning website .

Getting from New York City to Grapevine by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In May, Grapevine is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grapevine

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Frisco, Allen, North Texas Lake Charters, Eagle Gun Range, ShangriLlama
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Extreme Sandbox - North Texas ©
Extreme Sandbox - North Texas
iFLY Dallas ©
iFLY Dallas

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