8 days in Austin & Big Bend National Park Itinerary

8 days in Austin & Big Bend National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Austin & Big Bend National Park Itinerary

Start: Dallas
1
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
End: Dallas

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Austin: San Antonio (Natural Bridge Caverns & Six Flags Fiesta Texas). There's lots more to do: get your game on at The Escape Game Austin, look for all kinds of wild species at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin road trip website .

Dallas to Austin is an approximately 3.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

San Antonio
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The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
Six Flags Fiesta Texas ©
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

3
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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, hike along The Window Trail, don't miss a visit to Abandoned Contrabando Movie Set, and explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Big Bend National Park trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Austin to Big Bend National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Austin, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Big Bend National Park, ranging from highs of 100°F to lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

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