10 days in Texas Itinerary

10 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Paso
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 2 nights
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Pioneer Museum and Mission Espada. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Mary's Catholic Church and St Joseph Catholic Church. Go for a jaunt from San Antonio to Fredericksburg to see Distillery Tours about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, examine the collection at San Antonio Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at San Antonio Museum of Art, and take in the history at Mission San Jose.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio day trip planning tool.

New York City to San Antonio is an approximately 8-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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in San Antonio reach 66°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trip

Big Bend National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emory Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at S Rim Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains. Keep things going the next day: hike along The Window Trail and then trek along Lost Mine Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Big Bend National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Big Bend National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Antonio in December, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Big Bend National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to El Paso.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

El Paso

— 2 nights
On the 14th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Evergreen Cemetery East, take in the dramatic natural features at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, admire the landmark architecture of The Lhakhang, then admire the majestic nature at Franklin Mountains State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at San Jacinto Plaza.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the El Paso online road trip planner.

Getting from Big Bend National Park to El Paso by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Big Bend National Park to El Paso, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in December, expect El Paso to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Austin.

Things to do in El Paso

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Texas State Capitol and Texas State Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to Zip Lost Pines and Lake Marble Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum and admire the striking features of The Driskill.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Austin travel tool.

Fly from El Paso to Austin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from El Paso in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Austin, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Texas travel guide

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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.