18 days in Texas Itinerary

18 days in Texas Itinerary

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18 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Dallas
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Antonio
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h
5
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Dallas, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Dallas, and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, then admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and then see Lifestylez Nails Spa.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dallas online vacation planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Dallas is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect nights in Dallas to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Grapevine, iFLY Dallas
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
iFLY Dallas ©
iFLY Dallas

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, fun & games, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park, get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Austin, and identify plant and animal life at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Austin itinerary site .

Getting from Dallas to Austin by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Austin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Fun & Games Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, then stroll through Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and finally don't miss a visit to Charles Beckendorf Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to Fredericksburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Fredericksburg when traveling from Austin in December, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Wineries Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main

4
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.
San Antonio is known for shopping, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, take a stroll around Tower of the Americas, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Antonio, and find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, San Antonio is a bit warmer than Fredericksburg - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
SeaWorld ©
SeaWorld
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt, look for all kinds of wild species at Houston Audubon, and admire the sheer force of Water Wall.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Houston trip planner .

You can take a bus from San Antonio to Houston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

2
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Big Bend National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, hike along S Rim Trail, cruise along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Window Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Big Bend National Park day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Houston to Big Bend National Park in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Houston in January, Big Bend National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

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