8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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— 1 day
San Antonio
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night


Houston — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Houston is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Houston, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Juan, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Houston, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly to San Antonio.

San Antonio — 3 nights

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.
Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, explore the galleries of The Alamo, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, and take a stroll around Tower of the Americas.

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Traveling by flight from Houston to San Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Antonio are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Austin.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): deepen your understanding at University of Texas at Austin, examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library, learn more about the world around you at Texas Memorial Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, then view the masterpieces at Wild About Music, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, then explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum, then get great views at Mount Bonnell, and finally admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Austin trip itinerary site.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Dallas.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Dallas — 1 night

Big D

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, then take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and then pause for some photo ops at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Austin to Dallas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in December, you will find days in Dallas are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Museums

Texas travel guide

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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.