9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: College Station
Drive:  2​h
1
Austin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Houston
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: College Station

1
night
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol, and then wander the streets of 6th Street. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to South Congress Avenue, stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and finally look for gifts at Waterloo Records.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Austin driving holiday tool .

College Station to Austin is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In May in Austin, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©

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.
On the 30th (Thu), sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, then learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, and finally learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg day trip website .

You can 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 May, Fredericksburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive 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 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, steep yourself in history at The Alamo, get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, then pause for some serene contemplation at Little Church of La Villita, and finally get to know the fascinating history of La Villita Historic Arts Village.

To find photos and other tourist information, read San Antonio online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, San Antonio is a bit warmer than Fredericksburg - with highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

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.
On the 1st (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Dallas, then view the masterpieces at Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery, then examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and finally examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dallas trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from San Antonio to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Dallas

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Grapevine, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermann Park and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and then admire the sheer force of Water Wall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Houston trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Houston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Houston sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Hermann Park ©
Hermann Park
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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