17 days in Texas Itinerary

17 days in Texas Itinerary

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17 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Houston
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
2
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Austin
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Dallas
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah) and The Seawall (in Galveston). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, stroll around Smither Park, test your team's savvy at Escape Hunt, and stroll through Water Wall.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston itinerary builder website .

New York City to Houston is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Houston. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Houston reach 66°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kemah Boardwalk, The Seawall
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Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

3
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: steep yourself in history at The Alamo, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Antonio.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Antonio online itinerary planner .

Getting from Houston to San Antonio by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. December in San Antonio sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

3
nights
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.
Fredericksburg is known for wineries, museums, nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, stroll through Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, and wander the wide-open spaces of Sister Creek Ranch.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg travel planner .

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, Fredericksburg is slightly colder than San Antonio - with highs of 60°F and lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Tours Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Sister Creek Ranch, Garrison Brothers Distillery
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
Wine Tours & Tastings

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, admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, and trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Austin online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Fredericksburg to Austin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fredericksburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Austin, with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bats in Round Rock
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Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Extreme Sandbox - North Texas (in Pottsboro), Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery, & more) and Sherman Jazz Museum (in Sherman). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, don't miss a visit to Grassy Knoll, see Lifestylez Nails Spa, and contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dallas day trip planning app .

Getting from Austin to Dallas by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Austin in January, expect nights in Dallas to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Grapevine, Extreme Sandbox - North Texas, Top O'Hill Terrace, Sherman Jazz Museum
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©

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