8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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8 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  9 h
1
Dallas
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Austin
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Ottawa

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cistercian Abbey, then stroll around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dallas trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Dallas is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Dallas is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in March: high temperatures in Dallas hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Dallas

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Cistercian Abbey
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Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©
Cistercian Abbey ©
Cistercian Abbey

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, then take in nature's colorful creations at San Antonio Botanical Garden, and finally take in the history at Mission San Jose. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Antonio, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Dallas to San Antonio in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dallas in March: highs in San Antonio hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Charles Beckendorf Gallery, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, and finally look for gifts at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary tool.

Getting from San Antonio to Fredericksburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in March, expect Fredericksburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Wineries Shopping
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National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus ©
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 8th (Sun), snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, then appreciate the history behind Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, and finally stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, then get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, then admire the striking features of The Driskill, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Austin journey builder.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fredericksburg in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Austin, with lows of 13°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©

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