We are spending a week in Texas next April. We want to go to San Antonio for a few days. The debate is where to fly into and spend time, Houston or Dallas? Any tips?
BA connects through DFW to SAT. Why not do that? Or are you looking for a second holiday destination? You can easily fill a week of your holiday in and around San Antonio. If I had to pick Dallas or Houston I guess it would come down to difference in cost and what my interests are. The drive to San Antonio from either is pretty easy, Houston being a bit closer.
You have chosen wisely with your pick of San Antonio. Niether Houston or Dallas are walkable. My choice might be Houston but really can't say why. Maybe the folks here on the Dallas forum can help change my mind...
I can't speak for Dallas, because I don't go there very often. Below is something I wrote regarding Houston. If you stay downtown, there is a light rail car that goes from downtown to what is known as "The Museum District". I have provided websites for you to look at. Also, very close to the M. District is Hermann Park where the Natural Science Museum is. Please look at that website. It is wonderful and will fill a day if you go to the Museum District and then walk over to the Science Museum. There is also a Holocaust Museum in this area. Lot's of places to eat. The Museum of Fine Art as a very nice casual cafe on lower level.
A second day you might take city bus from downtown to The Galleria Mall. Across the street from the Galleria is another large shopping/restaurant area. I have taken that city transit bus and it was fine. About 20 mins each way.
If you stay downtown check out this new Phoenicia that just opened. Awesome deli and/or things to buy to take to your room.
houstoncenter.com/amenities/directory.asp… This is an office building across the street from phoenicia and it has a wonderful food court and another restaurants.
HOUSTON MUSEUM DISTRICT AND HERMAN PARK
There is an area no far from downtown that is called the Museum District and across the way is the huge Hermann Park which has many attractions. The two main ones are the Zoo and the Museum of Natural Science. Museum features the Wortham IMAX Theatre, Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, permanent exhibit halls and traveling exhibitions. It is wonderful. Here is a great link and if you click on the Map you can see all the other things in the Park.
http://www.hmns.org/ Link to M. of Natural Science
http://www.houstonzoo.org/directions/ Houston Zoo Link
Here are a few links regarding the Museum District which has many art museums and currently the King Tut traveling show is at the M. of Fine Arts. This is a lovely tree filled area of Houston and makes for nice day of sightseeing. The light rail runs straight from downtown and ends at the Reliant Center with a stop at the M. District.
www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org/default.asp… This site also has a great map
Lastly, here is a link to Metro Light Rail:
The Houston Pavillions is a very nice shopping and restaurant venue right downtown:
Also, downtown is the aquarium: http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/d
Welcome to our forum. I suggest DFW airport for your entry, the reason being that you can visit Ft. Worth in addition to Dallas and San Antonio. I also suggest you rent a car to drive to SA through the pretty Hill Country which is right on the way from FW using highway US281. April is prime wildflower time in Texas provided the winter rainfall cooperates; the hill country usually is one of our best areas to see bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, Mexican Hat, and other wildflowers.
Our UK visitors have all enjoyed the Stockyards historic area in FW. If you are there on a weekend you can see a rodeo. You'll wish you had more than a week when you see how diverse and pretty Texas is.
I see you're going to LV as well. Depending upon your tastes, I would allocate the majority of your time to Texas. I've been to Vegas several times and three nights is the longest I've ever wanted to stay. But that's me.
Here's the link to my Texas Triangle Route which lists many of the highlights of our major cities tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i21630-Texas_Tr…
Wow this is great information! It is going to take some digesting but it sounds perfect - just the sort of vacation area we are looking for. Many, many thanks.
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