8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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8 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Dallas
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Waco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
South Padre Island
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Houston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dallas tour app .

Saint Louis to Dallas is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Saint Louis in March, with highs in Dallas at 70°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, then learn about winemaking at Valley Mills Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Waco Winery & Vineyards.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waco online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Dallas to Waco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and flight. In March in Waco, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Valley Mills Vineyards ©
Valley Mills Vineyards
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): browse the collection at Harry Ransom Center, get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, then take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and finally wander the streets of South Congress Avenue. On your second day here, admire the striking features of The Driskill, then shop like a local with 6th Street, then admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and finally trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Waco to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Austin when traveling from Waco in March, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats ©

1
night
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, then learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, and finally do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg trip builder site .

Drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Austin in April, Fredericksburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Wineries Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): wander the streets of Southtown, take an in-depth tour of The Alamo, then hike along The San Antonio River Walk, and finally contemplate the long history of La Villita Historic Arts Village.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio attractions planner.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fredericksburg in April: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 82°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
La Villita Historic Arts Village ©
Southtown ©
Southtown

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our South Padre Island vacation planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from San Antonio in April, expect nights in South Padre Island to be somewhat warmer, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

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night
Houston

Houston ©
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 6th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Water Wall, browse the exhibits of Cockrell Butterfly Center, and then examine the collection at Space Center Houston.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Houston driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from South Padre Island to Houston takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from South Padre Island in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Houston, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Water Wall ©
Water Wall

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