9 days in Houston, Austin & Dallas Itinerary

9 days in Houston, Austin & Dallas Itinerary

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9 days in Houston, Austin & Dallas Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Austin
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the history at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, take a tour of Battleship Texas State Historic Site, and then see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, then take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum Houston, and finally have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Houston.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston holiday builder .

Edinburgh, UK to Houston is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In September, Houston is much hotter than Edinburgh - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Porte
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Battleship Texas State Historic Site ©
Houston Museum District ©
Houston Museum District

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Step out of the city life by going to Longhorn Cavern State Park and Inks Lake State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Austin: San Marcos Premium Outlets (in San Marcos), Luckenbach Texas General Store (in Luckenbach) and Agave Gallery Fine Art (in Fredericksburg). There's more to do: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol and take a stroll through South Congress Avenue.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Austin trip planner .

You can drive from Houston to Austin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, Burnet, San Marcos Premium Outlets, Luckenbach Texas General Store
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Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Longhorn Cavern State Park ©
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Inks Lake State Park ©
Inks Lake State Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Nasher Sculpture Center, then explore the world behind art at Kimbell Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through Sundance Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, admire the natural beauty at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grapevine Historic Main Street District.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip planner.

Getting from Austin to Dallas by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Grapevine Historic Main Street District
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Kimbell Art Museum ©
Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth Botanic Garden ©
Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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