8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip itinerary planner

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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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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 16th (Thu), get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science and then examine the collection at Space Center Houston.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Houston trip maker site.

New York City to Houston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Houston, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Houston hover around 66°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums

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.
San Antonio is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Antonio online tour planner.

You can fly from Houston to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in San Antonio sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping


— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park, and take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Austin travel route planning tool.

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping


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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 23rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dallas trip builder website.

Fly from Austin to Dallas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Austin in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Dallas, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Parks

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.