12 days in Utah & Texas Itinerary

12 days in Utah & Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
San Antonio
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 1 night


Salt Lake City

— 3 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salt Lake City: Backcountry Snowmobiling (in Coalville), Deer Valley Resort (in Heber City) and Park City (Jupiter Peak, Park City Mountain Resort, &more). There's much more to do: head outdoors with North Forty Escapes, admire the striking features of LDS Conference Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and stroll through Woodward Park City.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City journey builder website.

Houston to Salt Lake City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Salt Lake City. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Houston in December: high temperatures in Salt Lake City hover around 39°F and lows are around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

San Antonio

— 3 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.
San Antonio is known for shopping, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, take a stroll around Tower of the Americas, steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, and take in the history at Mission Espada.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip builder app.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to San Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Salt Lake City to San Antonio is 1 hour. Traveling from Salt Lake City in December, things will get much hotter in San Antonio: highs are around 66°F and lows about 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:


— 1 night


The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in nature's colorful creations at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of the Pacific War, and finally shop like a local with Agave Gallery Fine Art.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Fredericksburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, Fredericksburg is a bit cooler than San Antonio - with highs of 60°F and lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:


— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, walk around Zilker Metropolitan Park, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and gain insight with Bike and Brew ATX.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fredericksburg in December since evenings lows in Austin dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:


— 1 night

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.
On the 30th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Cockrell Butterfly Center, then examine the collection at Space Center Houston, and then stroll around Smither Park.

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You can drive from Austin to Houston in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in December, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Utah travel guide

Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.