8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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8 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Dallas
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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Dallas

Dallas ©
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.
To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dallas tour itinerary planner .

New York City to Dallas is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Dallas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in Dallas reach 83°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums
Highlights from your plan

1
day
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 15th (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to South Padre Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in South Padre Island when traveling from Dallas in May, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Padre Island National Seashore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rockport Beach, then kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Corpus Christi driving holiday website .

Getting from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Corpus Christi, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rockport Beach, Port Aransas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Rockport Beach ©
Rockport Beach

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 18th (Sat), admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Antonio Zoo, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, then explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Corpus Christi to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in San Antonio are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

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 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Driskill, admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol, then admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and finally admire all the interesting features of Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool and then trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin trip itinerary tool .

Drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Austin sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

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