9 days in Hill Country, San Antonio & Houston Itinerary

9 days in Hill Country, San Antonio & Houston Itinerary

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Johnson City
— 1 day
San Antonio
— 2 nights
New Braunfels
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


Johnson City — 1 day

Johnson City is a city in Blanco County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Old Blanco County Courthouse, immerse yourself in nature at Pedernales Falls State Park, and then get to know the resident critters at Exotic Resort Zoo, Inc..

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Austin to Johnson City is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Johnson City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in November, Johnson City is little chillier at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Antonio.
Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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San Antonio — 2 nights

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 21st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, let little ones run wild at Brackenridge Park, then Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, and finally get into the urban bustle at Tower of the Americas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, then meet the residents at San Antonio Zoo, and finally find something for the whole family at Morgan's Wonderland.

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Traveling by car from Johnson City to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Antonio when traveling from Johnson City in November, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to New Braunfels.
Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

New Braunfels — 1 night

Built upon the back of an older cotton-producing town called Gruene, New Braunfels pays tribute to its heritage by maintaining part of the historical town--its post office, general store, and dance hall among other buildings--inside the city limits.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): make a trip to New Braunfels, then stroll around Landa Park, and then see a world frozen in time at Gruene Historic District.

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Traveling by car from San Antonio to New Braunfels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in New Braunfels are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Houston.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Houston — 2 nights

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 24th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, get engrossed in the history at Moody Mansion, and then meet the residents at Houston Zoo. On the next day, get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, then examine the collection at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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You can fly from New Braunfels to Houston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly to Austin.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Austin — 2 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Family-friendly places like Texas State Capitol and Bullock Texas State History Museum will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, steep yourself in history at The Driskill, shop like a local with South Congress Avenue, and admire the masterpieces at Mexic-Arte Museum.

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You can fly from Houston to Austin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature