9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
South Padre Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Port Aransas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gladys Porter Zoo, Sea Turtle, Inc., SegValley Tours - South Padre Island, and other attractions you added. Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Isla Blanca Park. Take a break from the city and head to Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip planner .

Des Moines to South Padre Island is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Des Moines in March, things will get warmer in South Padre Island: highs are around 71°F and lows about 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Aransas.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Brownsville
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Isla Blanca Park ©
Isla Blanca Park

1
night
Port Aransas

Port Aransas ©
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. You've now added Mustang Island State Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park, then stop by Gratitude, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Aransas Beach.

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Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Port Aransas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Port Aransas can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Mustang Island State Park ©
Mustang Island State Park
Gratitude ©
Gratitude

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.
You've now added Bad Wolf Ghost Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, then contemplate the waterfront views at Landa Park, and then get thoroughly spooked out with Bad Wolf Ghost Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, then contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, then examine the collection at Briscoe Western Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at The Alamo.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio day trip app .

Drive from Port Aransas to San Antonio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Port Aransas, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Antonio, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Landa Park
Highlights from your plan
Briscoe Western Art Museum ©
Briscoe Western Art Museum
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The Guenther House Museum ©
The Guenther House Museum

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You've now added PubCrawler of Austin to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): wander the streets of South Congress Avenue, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then stroll the grounds of Texas State Cemetery, then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, and finally see PubCrawler of Austin.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Austin trip website .

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in March, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Cemetery ©
Texas State Cemetery
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
PubCrawler of Austin ©
PubCrawler of Austin

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