8 days in New York City & Texas Itinerary

8 days in New York City & Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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New York City
— 4 nights
— 2 nights


New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, stroll around Central Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read New York City road trip planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect New York City to be cooler, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods


— 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 29th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center, admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, then view the masterpieces at Wild About Music, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at University of Texas at Austin, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Bonnell, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Austin road trip app.

You can fly from New York City to Austin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Austin. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Austin hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.