8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Houston
— 2 nights
Fly
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Austin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wichita Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Paso
— 1 night
Fly

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Houston

— 2 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cockrell Butterfly Center and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Funeral History and The Menil Collection. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Houston: Galveston (Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, 1892 Bishop's Palace, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Wall, and get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum Houston.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Houston. In October, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 23rd (Fri): whizz through the canopy at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamilton Pool Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): learn about all things military at Texas Military Forces Museum, then have fun and explore at Thinkery, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin online day trip planner.

You can fly from Houston to Austin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Austin, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wichita Falls.

Things to do in Austin

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Wichita Falls

— 2 nights
Wichita Falls is a city in and the county seat of Wichita County, Texas, United States. On the 25th (Sun), make a trip to The World's Littlest Skyscraper, tour the pleasant surroundings at River Bend Nature Center, then see the interesting displays at Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally stroll through Holliday Creek Trails.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wichita Falls holiday planner.

You can drive from Austin to Wichita Falls in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Austin in October, Wichita Falls is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to El Paso.

Things to do in Wichita Falls

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

El Paso

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Concordia Cemetery and then take a memorable drive along Scenic Drive - Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Cemetery East, then explore the striking landscape at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, then stroll around San Jacinto Plaza, and finally examine the collection at National Border Patrol Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our El Paso trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Wichita Falls to El Paso in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wichita Falls to El Paso due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in El Paso

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

Texas travel guide

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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.