8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas travel route planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Wichita Falls
— 2 nights
El Paso
— 1 night



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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cockrell Butterfly Center and Houston Museum District. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Funeral History and Moody Mansion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Houston: Galveston (Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA & 1892 Bishop's Palace). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, examine the collection at Houston Museum of African American Culture, admire the sheer force of Water Wall, and take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum Houston.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Houston tour itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Houston. In October in Houston, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip


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Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): whizz through the canopy at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures and then identify plant and animal life at Hamilton Pool Preserve. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Texas Military Forces Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at Thinkery, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Austin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Houston to Austin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Houston in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Austin, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wichita Falls.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Wichita Falls

— 2 nights
Wichita Falls is a city in and the county seat of Wichita County, Texas, United States. On the 25th (Sun), make a trip to The World's Littlest Skyscraper, identify plant and animal life at River Bend Nature Center, then see the interesting displays at Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally stroll through Holliday Creek Trails.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wichita Falls holiday planner.

You can drive from Austin to Wichita Falls in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Austin in October, Wichita Falls is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to El Paso.

Things to do in Wichita Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

El Paso

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Concordia Cemetery and then take a memorable drive along Scenic Drive - Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Cemetery East, then explore the striking landscape at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at San Jacinto Plaza, and finally examine the collection at National Border Patrol Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our El Paso trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Wichita Falls to El Paso in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wichita Falls to El Paso due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in El Paso

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Texas travel guide

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.