8 days in Washington DC & Texas Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC & Texas Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
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Washington DC

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, browse the collection at Library of Congress, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner.

London, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Washington DC. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from London in January since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

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San Antonio

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, contemplate the long history of King William Historic District, contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, stroll around Friedrich Wilderness Park, and then enjoy some diversion at Brackenridge Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio online trip maker.

Fly from Washington DC to San Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect San Antonio to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Austin

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Bonnell, then walk around Zilker Metropolitan Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally wander the streets of South Congress Avenue.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Austin trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Austin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.