23 days in Texas Itinerary

23 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner

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Dallas
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Austin
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Houston
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Port Aransas
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Dallas

— 5 nights

Big D

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and Dinosaur Valley State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Frisco RoughRiders and Katy Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Dallas side-trips: River Legacy Park (in Arlington) and Fort Worth (Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Kimbell Art Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Top O'Hill Terrace, take a stroll through NorthPark Center, and stop by Bishop Arts District.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dallas online trip itinerary planner.

Richmond to Dallas is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Richmond in July, with highs in Dallas at 96°F and lows at 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:

Austin

— 5 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Comal River. Get outdoors at Inner Space Cavern and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Austin: Jacob's Well Natural Area (in Wimberley), Palmetto State Park (in Gonzales) and San Marcos River (in San Marcos). There's lots more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Barton Creek Greenbelt, explore the activities along Town Lake, and immerse yourself in nature at McKinney Falls State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Austin route maker app.

Fly from Dallas to Austin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Austin sees daily highs of 98°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Houston

— 6 nights

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.
Visiting Water Wall and Cockrell Butterfly Center will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Children's Museum Houston and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Galveston (Moody Mansion, Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Hermann Park, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Funeral History, deepen your understanding at Rice University Campus, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston travel app.

Getting from Austin to Houston by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Houston sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Port Aransas.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 17:

Port Aransas

— 6 nights
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. Take a break from the city and head to Rockport Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Mustang Island State Park and Goose Island State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Aransas: Rockport (Tule Creek Hike & Bike Trail & Texas Maritime Museum). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach, go for a stroll along the water at Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

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

You can fly from Houston to Port Aransas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Houston in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Aransas: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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Find places to stay Jul 17 — 23:

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.