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How to Split Our 10 Days in Texas ? (Dal/Aus/SA/Hou)

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How to Split Our 10 Days in Texas ? (Dal/Aus/SA/Hou)

Hi, we are looking to visit Texas for the first time at the end of September. The main reason for going is to see a Baseball game in Arlington and Houston as we are trying to see all of the MLB Stadiums for our Bucket List !! (We will also see a Cowboys game).

We will fly into Dallas and then back home from Houston.

We have just started to plan out the trip and there is still a chance it may fall through, but can somebody give us a breakdown on the number of days we should spend in:

Arlington / Dallas

Austin

San Antonio

Houston

I know somebody will say we need more time in each city, but we just want to do a "Greatest Hits" Sampling of the famous attractions, sites, foods etc. and take in a few games.

Some background on us: It will just be my Wife and I traveling and we are mid-40's. I am a Photographer, so basically we like to walk around the Cities to take pictures, see the famous sites, shop and eat. Don't really care about night life since we tend to walk all day and don't have much left in the tank by sun down !!

How many days should we allow in each City ?

Also, so I can book a hotel for the Rangers & Cowboys, is it better to stay in Arlington and walk to the games, then drive to Dallas during the day as needed........or is it better to stay in Dallas and then drive to the games at night ? (Always fun to go to a game and NOT have to Drive !!)

Thanks,

Tom

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1. Re: How to Split Our 10 Days in Texas ? (Dal/Aus/SA/Hou)

Consider staying in the Hill Country between Dallas and Houston areas. Being a photographer you will have much more to take pictures of.

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2. Re: How to Split Our 10 Days in Texas ? (Dal/Aus/SA/Hou)

We've talked a lot about this in these topics:

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3. Re: How to Split Our 10 Days in Texas ? (Dal/Aus/SA/Hou)

Dallas--3-4 days, considering that you will be attending two sports events there. Main sights include the Sixth Floor Museum (Kennedy assassination), Dallas county Historical Plaza,Nasher sculpture Center, Fair Park. Make time to go to Fort Worth for the Stockyards National Historic District--very western with cattle drives honky tonks, etc. Tim Love a celebrity chef has two places there--the Lonesome Dove Bistro and the Love Shack, a casual burger place. Catch Billy Bob's Texas honky tonk; there are a couple of places with rodeos.

Austin and San Antonio are a little more than an hour's drive apart. Austin has the campus of the University of Texas, the state capitol building, the LBJ Presidential Library, Barton Springs, and a great live music scene. You could stay 1-2 days in Austin and then go to San Antonio via the Hill Country. Check out Fredericksburg--nice little town. Very scenic and you will find some wineries in this area. Also more LBJ sites--including the ranch, where you can tour the "Texas White House."Also places in the area for some good Texas BBQ. Austin has a great food truck scene. If you watch Top Chef, you could try to eat at Uci, where Paul Qui worked and is owned by another well-known chef, Tyler Cole.

San Antonio has the Riverwalk, several Spanish missions including The Alamo, and great Tex-Mex food. I would say 1-2 days in Austin, pass through the Hill Country and then 1-2 days in San Antonio.

Houston of course has NASA (Space Center Houston), the Menil Collection, the Rothko Chapel and a good Museum of Natural Science. Celebrity chefs Brian Caswell (Reef and El Real) and Monica Pope (newly opened restaurant; can't think of name right now but includes the word Sparrow in it if you google her) are big names here. Two very hot restaurants right now are Pass and Provisions and Underbelly; also there is a branch of Uci here. One to two days would work here as well.

Just a few quick thoughts; post on the city forums and you will get really specific recommendations.

Edited: 9:21 am, April 23, 2013
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4. Re: How to Split Our 10 Days in Texas ? (Dal/Aus/SA/Hou)

TxOffWeGo covered the DFW area pretty well. The FW Stockyards holds a Fri/Sat night rodeo. Downtown FW could spark some interesting non-city, city photoraphy. If gardens hold an interest to your eye, the Botanic Gardens and adjoining Japanese Gardens are in FW. The Arboretum is in Dallas, overlooking the urban, White Rock Lake (small sailboating).

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Not know your photography interests, there are bird watching sites and refuges just south of Houston. chron.com/life/travel/article/12-prime-place…

Also, do not miss eating BBQ while in the Austin area. In Austin, the latest hotspot is Franklin's but there are several smokehouses just east with generations old reps. They all sell by the #, so order very small portions (a couple of slices of brisket, 2 ribs and 1/2 a link of sausage...) Then you can visit multiple smokehouses without overload. Leave the sides alone! Wash it down with a Shiner or Line Star beer. Note: its reported that most run out of meat during the day, so best to plan a mid-day visit rather than evening. www.tourism-tools.com/texasbbq/Welcome.html

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6. Re: How to Split Our 10 Days in Texas ? (Dal/Aus/SA/Hou)

Minor corrections to help avoid confusion. Restaurant mentioned is Uchi, not Uci. The beer mentioned is Lone Star, not Line Star. While Austin has good BBQ, best BBQ in state is in the Lockhart-Luling area (it's been featured on a couple of the Travel Channel shows).

As to Houston, there are several hotels within walking distance of Minute Maid Park (one within a block or so, but, as are most downtown hotels, fairly expensive). Or you could stay somewhere along the MetroRail line and ride that into downtown, walking about 5-6 blocks to the stadium and back later. Buying tickets shouldn't be a problem (unless they're playing a big draw such as Yankees), as team is in first year of rebuilding program. You can probably buy cheap seats, and then move to better ones after game has started.

Scenery-wise, don't miss the mansions/estates of River Oaks; the downtown skyline from west of downtown along Buffalo Bayou; the architecture of downtown (art deco next door to ultra modern); our incredible Texas Medical Center; the Museum District and the Upper Montrose area; Rice University, and many more. Houston has many beautiful areas for photographers, but you'll need a car to get around--it's a very spread-out city. You'll need a minimum of 2-3 days here to really capture the city.

Houston, food-wise, is one of the most diverse cities in the country. You can find everything from hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian joints to Michelin-starred restaurants here--far and away the best restaurant city in Texas. One person recommended Reef, El Real and Sparrow; all I can say is check the reviews for all (and any others) before you decide, both here on TA, and on, e.g., yelp.com.

If you want beach scenery, Galveston is only 50+ miles to the southeast. It's not the most beautiful beach town you'll run across, but it's got some interesting sites for photography--homes that are well over 100 years old, the Bishop's Palace, The Strand, and more. If you want good seafood, Galveston is hard to beat--it doesn't get any fresher than what is served there!

Welcome to Texas!

Edited: 4:02 pm, April 23, 2013
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One cautionary note about Franklin's BBQ in Austin. People begin to line up outside at around 9:00am. Somewhere between 10 and 10:30 an employee comes out to count people and get an idea of what they want. That employee then determines the likely place in line where they will run out of food. If you are after that point, you can decide if you want to stay and chance it or just leave. Several of the other good BBQ places (in Austin and the Hill Country) operate the same way, so do some reading before you decide if that's how you want to spend your time.

Gene--thanks for the catch on Uchi. As far as the other restaurants I mentioned, they weren't recommedations per se--just making the OP aware that these are a few of the celebrity chef and hot at the moment establishments in case that was where their interests lie.

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8. Re: How to Split Our 10 Days in Texas ? (Dal/Aus/SA/Hou)

DO stay in Arlington (lots of choices at all price ranges) and walk to both the Ballpark and Cowboy Stadium. (Traffic on game days is UNREAL! DO stay nearby!)

The Sheraton Arlington is right next to the Ballpark. 15 mts walk to Cowboy Stadium. Perfect spot, if you ask me. But there is also the "Courtyard Dallas Arlington/Entertainment District", also very close. And if you are going budget, then the "Days Inn Six Flags" is also close and inexpensive. (After all, you're only sleeping and showering there, right?) That Days Inn is right across from Cowboys Stadium and 15 mt walk to the Ballpark.

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9. Re: How to Split Our 10 Days in Texas ? (Dal/Aus/SA/Hou)

San Antonio has the most physical history and nice photo ops...for ex. the Missions,riverwalk, San Fernando Cathedral

typical things in Texas are honkey tonks, rodeos, BBQ, water sports, Tex Mex

related articles and events by region www.texashighways.com

you have time to order the State of Texas travel catalog...www.traveltex.com

for food in San Antonio...generally, shy away from the Riverwalk..check out Market Square

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKUxOD0tJic

riverwalk does have great guacomole made table side at Boudro's & prickly pear margarita ...make a pit stop, eat else where

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yskFQTU7uhk

in between Austin and SA..a stop off for some Texana in Gruene, TX (New Braunfels)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKA4nm_2_8Q

free music daily

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjS-SlBm6Fw top 3 honkey tonks

Lockhart BBQ

http://video.klru.tv/video/1632333652/

happy planning! Enjoy!

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