8 days in Missouri & Texas Itinerary

8 days in Missouri & Texas Itinerary

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8 days in Missouri & Texas Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h
1
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Branson
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City


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1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 12th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden and then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis day trip site .

New York City to Saint Louis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in October, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Saint Louis. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Parks
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The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, cool off at Silver Dollar City, and then hike along Table Rock Lakeshore Trail. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, then get great views at College of the Ozarks, and then explore the activities along Table Rock Lake.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Branson online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Branson takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Branson can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
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Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
College of the Ozarks ©
College of the Ozarks

2
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.
On the 16th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and finally explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, then Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, then stroll around Friedrich Wilderness Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Main Plaza.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip builder .

Getting from Branson to San Antonio by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Branson in October, expect San Antonio to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin, get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, then stop by Waterloo Records, and finally explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and then get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Austin trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

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