8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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Dallas
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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Houston
— 1 night
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Dallas

— 2 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.
Take a break from Dallas with a short trip to Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, enjoy breathtaking views from Reunion Tower, don't miss a visit to Grassy Knoll, and contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dallas road trip site.

Philadelphia to Dallas is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In November, Dallas is a bit warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 9th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, then trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and then explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool. On the next day, stroll through Mount Bonnell, explore the world behind art at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, then examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library, and finally contemplate the long history of The Driskill.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Austin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Austin are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

San Antonio

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, take an in-depth tour of The Alamo, then examine the collection at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, and finally get into the urban bustle at Tower of the Americas.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read San Antonio trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

Houston

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Space Center Houston, get engrossed in the history at Moody Mansion, and then get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Houston Museum of Natural Science and then get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston online route maker.

You can fly from San Antonio to Houston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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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.