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
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Dallas
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
2
Plano
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Austin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

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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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dallas trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Des Moines to Dallas is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Des Moines in March, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Dallas: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Plano.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums
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Plano

Plano ©
Plano is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Plano journey planner.

Plano is very close to Dallas. March in Plano sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Plano

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Arbor Hills Nature Preserve ©
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

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Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 23rd (Mon), take a stroll through South Congress Avenue, then admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center, and finally ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Austin online tour planner .

Getting from Plano to Austin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Plano in March: highs in Austin hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Wildlife Neighborhoods
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Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Harry Ransom Center ©
Harry Ransom Center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, then get to know the fascinating history of Mission Trail, and then take in the history at Mission Concepcion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Briscoe Western Art Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, then explore the galleries of The Alamo, and finally explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum.

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Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in San Antonio sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Briscoe Western Art Museum ©
Briscoe Western Art Museum
McNay Art Museum ©
McNay Art Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Isla Blanca Park. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island day trip planning app .

Drive from San Antonio to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Antonio in March, you will find days in South Padre Island are little chillier (71°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

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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.
On the 28th (Sat), examine the collection at Battleship Texas State Historic Site and then examine the collection at Space Center Houston.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Houston trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Houston takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from South Padre Island in March, Houston is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Battleship Texas State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Battleship Texas State Historic Site ©
The Menil Collection ©
The Menil Collection
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston

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