TEXAS FAMILY ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

SHARED BY CATHERINE

 

8 NIGHTS/5 STOPS 

A family road trip itinerary through Texas that takes you from mythic ranches in the Dallas area to the Space Center in Houston.

Catherine and her family have been living in NYC for six years, after spending some time in Moscow, Russia. They love discovering the world. Along with her husband, Gael and their kids, Clémence (12) and Antoine (10), they are now passionate about getting to know the USA. They like taking road trips, where they follow an itinerary that allows them to discover the authentic parts of whatever region they are traveling in. In order to maintain a rhythm that keeps the kids interested and entertained, Catherine tries to devise trips that combine cultural visits with time to relax in nice and charming lodgings.
“During the last April school break, Catherine and her family traveled to Texas. This mythic US state was a perfect choice for a one-week holiday, since it is easy to reach from New York (several direct flights a day from the NYC area airports), is not too costly and can be considered the perfect gate to discover true Western American history & its way of life. The wide range of activities, from a visit of the NASA Space Center and the Kennedy Museum to lodging in a genuine Western ranch, turns this into a 100% pure American road trip. Follow this family through the streets and roads of Dallas, Austin and Houston!”
NEW YORK – DALLAS
HOUSTON – NEW YORK
4 hours
$250
RENTAL CAR
920 km in 8 days 
11 hours on the road 
5 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL  = $ 950 /pp for 8 nights
$ 600 / pp for 8 nights all included
$ 250 /pp domestic flights

$100 /pp car rental
DISCOVER TRUE WESTERN AMERICAN HISTORY & ITS WAY OF LIFE
 Houston Space Center
Deep Ellum area in Dallas
Stay in a genuine Western ranch
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Dallas Fort Worth
Deep Ellum area
The Sixth Floor Kennedy museum
Visit to the Legendary Southfork Ranch from the Dallas TV series
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TO CITY CENTER

 
 
15 km / 20 min
Dallas
  • We stayed in a traditional Hilton hotel, located near Deep Ellum and other popular Dallas attractions. 
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    We visited Fort Worth, 45 min from Dallas suburbs. We experienced the true American experience with cowboys in the street and big BBQ restaurants. You can see all day long the coming and going of the long horns, the texan cows. 
    We visited Dallas and the Deep Ellum area: trendy area with street art everywhere, nice restaurants and boutiques.  Deep Ellum art festival takes place in the beginning of April each year. 
    We spent some hours in the Sixth Floor Kennedy museum located within the former Texas School Book Depository building. This museum chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
    Then we finished the day by a visit to the Legendary Southfork Ranch, made famous by the Ewing Family in the television series Dallas!

DALLAS TO
AUSTIN VIA WACO
 
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320 km – 3h10 min
Austin
  • We stayed in a nice little boutique hotel, charming and nicely decorated: the Guild. We had a small condo for the family This hotel is located in the SoCo area of Austin : underground atmosphere, street art, tattoo shops, small concert bands, If I had to go back I would have stayed at Hotel San Jose. A small hotel that we discovered when wandering in the SoCo area.
  • On our way from Dallas to Austin, we made a 2 hours stop in Waco, the heart of Texas. We visited the Dr Pepper museum that pays homage to the famed, locally invented soft drink.
    We also visited Magnolia market at the silos: a very trendy area with nice boutiques, small concerts and restaurants. You can tour the silos, visit the garden or their shop.
    In Austin we wandered in the SoCo area, discovering street arts and Austin’s underground atmosphere.

AUSTIN TO
BANDERA


175 km – 3h
Bandera
  • We stayed in a Ranch, Flying L Resort. A lot of activities in and around the ranch like swimming, tennis, horse riding mini golf.
  • On our way to Bandera we made a stop in Fredericksburg, in central Texas. This is the hometown of the Admiral Nimitz . The German heritage of the town is present everywhere: churches, WWII exhibits Pioneer museum (museum of German settlement in the area) and the national museum of the Pacific war under Admiral Nimitz leadership.The area is also well known for its wineries.
    We arrived to Bandera late afternoon and settled in our Ranch Hotel. We stayed most of the day in the ranch to enjoy all activities A lot of fun for the kids.

BANDERA TO
SAN ANTONIO


86 km – 1h10
San Antonio
  • We stayed in Hotel Menger. An historical hotel in San Antonio, located downtown San Antonio, close to the river walk.
  • San Antonio is the second-biggest city in Texas.
    River Walk along the San Antonio river. Very nice atmosphere with shops and cosy restaurants. Explore Mexican markets with many handcrafted items for sale. Very touristy.
    Visit of Alamo fortress where the Battle of Alamo took place in 1836. The Mexicans won the battle, killing all the Texans inside the fort.

SAN ANTONIO TO
HOUSTON

320 km – 3h
Houston
  • We stayed at the Derek Hotel. This trendy boutique hotel is located in the very fashionable Galleria and River Oaks District. Very nicely decorated! Contemporary style.
  • We visited Houston Space center. Be prepared for a full day space exploration!
    We could relive amongst others an astronaut life in a spaceship. The center is huge and there is a lot to see and discover. Plan your visit in advance and check out also for interesting temporary exhibits. 
    We also experienced Houston Art Car parade, an yearly event happening mid April. – a procession of colorful art-on-wheels You will see the craziest cars you have ever seen.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • A restaurant recommendation in Dallas: a mexican family restaurant : Joe T Garcias. 
  • The Mexican influence gives a nice touch to this texan road trip
  • Weather can be cold in Dallas. However it became warmer as we went further south. Don’t forget to add some warm clothes in your luggage.
  • Don’t miss a burger at the In-N-Out Burger in Waco on the way to Austin. It is known for being The best burger in the US?
  • For a long weekend, you can easily adapt this road trip to a 4 day exploration tour. We would recommend the part Bandera-San Antonio-Houston (stop 3 + stop 4 + stop 5).