9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Dallas
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Austin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Louisville

1
night
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 2nd (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grapevine Historic Main Street District and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Kimbell Art Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and then take a stroll through Sundance Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dallas trip planner .

Louisville to Dallas is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Dallas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Louisville in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Dallas: highs are around 96°F and lows about 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Grapevine Historic Main Street District
Highlights from your plan
Kimbell Art Museum ©
Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth Botanic Garden ©
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Sundance Square ©
Sundance Square

1
night
Austin

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 4th (Thu), wander the streets of South Congress Avenue, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then steep yourself in history at Texas State Capitol.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Austin trip itinerary maker website .

Take a bus from Dallas to Austin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. July in Austin sees daily highs of 98°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
South Congress Avenue ©
South Congress Avenue

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the history at Mission Concepcion, explore the world behind art at San Antonio Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church, see a world frozen in time at Gruene Historic District, and then get some fabulous bargains at San Marcos Premium Outlets.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 98°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Gruene Historic District, San Marcos Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
St Joseph Catholic Church ©
St Joseph Catholic Church
Gruene Historic District ©
Gruene Historic District

1
night
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and finally identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Isla Blanca Park, meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read South Padre Island itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to South Padre Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in July: highs in South Padre Island hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Isla Blanca Park ©
Isla Blanca Park

2
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 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, and then don't miss a visit to Water Wall. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Battleship Texas State Historic Site, then witness the site of a historic battle at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, and then admire the masterpieces at The Menil Collection.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip maker site .

You can fly from South Padre Island to Houston in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

La Porte
Highlights from your plan
Houston Museum District ©
Houston Museum District
Battleship Texas State Historic Site ©

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