9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas vacation planner

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Dallas
— 1 night
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Austin
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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Houston
— 2 nights
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Dallas

— 1 night

Big D

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 2nd (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Grapevine Historic Main Street District and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Kimbell Art Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and then wander the streets of Sundance Square.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Dallas trip maker.

Louisville to Dallas is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Louisville to Dallas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Louisville in July: high temperatures in Dallas hover around 96°F and lows are around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Austin

— 1 night

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 4th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with South Congress Avenue, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Austin trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Dallas to Austin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 98°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

San Antonio

— 2 nights

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.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the history at Mission Concepcion, then admire the masterpieces at San Antonio Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Gruene Historic District, and then get some fabulous bargains at San Marcos Premium Outlets.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Antonio trip maker.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in San Antonio sees daily highs of 98°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 1 night
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 7th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stroll through Sea Turtle, Inc., and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Isla Blanca Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip site.

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to South Padre Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Antonio in July, expect nights in South Padre Island to be about the same, around 78°F, while days are slightly colder, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Houston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): examine the collection at Space Center Houston, then see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, and then stroll through Water Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Battleship Texas State Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, and then explore the world behind art at The Menil Collection.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Houston road trip planning tool.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Houston in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Houston: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.