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itinery advice

Bristol
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itinery advice

My wife and i are thinking of taking a trip to south texas in September/october this year. we have around 15 to 16 days and we have a rough itinery, which is:-

8 to 9 days travelling around the San antonio and Austin area by car, with a couple of nights in each city. we would also like to spend a couple of days on a ranch and a couple of days in either a lakeside lodge/cabin or on a house boat.

Then a week down on the gulf coast around corpus christi.

Although we don't mind cities we prefer the outdoor ife and enjoy walking fishing and golf.

we also enjoy music and would like to enjoy some local music venues. we would ike to see the real Texas and not just tourist attractions.

If anyone has any advice on itinery, things to do and see. we would very much appreciate your advice.

Thanks

Terry & Sue

knr
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1. Re: itinery advice

That sounds like an excellent trip and you've allowed yourself plenty of time to explore the Hill Country areas of San Antonio/Austin.

You'll find lots of music venues in the Hill Country also. Gruene Hall (pronounced Green) in Gruene is popular. What kind of music are you interested in...country, rock??

Keep in mind that, although low-risk, we are still in hurricane season in September and October. You may want to think about an alternate destination in the event this happens, since you are allotting a week on the coast. You might be interested in the Big Bend area for your outdoor life.

Welcome to Texas!

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BBQ is HUGE in Central Texas and where you will find some of the best in the state. While in the Austin area, I'd suggest spending an early lunch hour through early afternoon along the BBQ trail. (There are many worthy BBQ places throughout central TX, but with these along the "trail" you won't go wrong with hit-or-misses). BBQ is sold by the pound, so you can order as little as two slices (one lean, one fatty) of brisket or one rib, etc, then move on to the next smokehouse to sample theirs - ordering sides will take away room for more bbq!!. Getting different meats and sharing is the norm. Do not be offended if there is no silverware. Eating with your fingers is part of the "experience", thus the term "finger lickin' good" - tourism-tools.com/texasbbq/Locator_Map.html

Looking to enjoy the outdoors should definitely include Enchanted Rock (National Park), just west of Austin. While in the area, Fredericksburg is a great little TX town to visit or stay a night. …state.tx.us/spdest/… http://www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/

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For dude ranch possibilities, go to www.duderanches.com, click on Texas and you will see many possibilities for places close to San Antonio and Austin.

Austin has a great live music and restaurant scene. There is a very active food truck scene as well. Be aware that the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns have home football games on Sept. 1 and 8 and Oct. 6 and 20. The University's Family Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 26-28. All of these events will impact hotel availabililty and price, so plan accordingly and reserve early if your itinerary takes you to Austin on any of these weekends.

Check out the Spanish Missions in San Antonio. There are five, one of which is the Alamo which is right downtown. The other four are close by, but not downtown. Seeing them is a great way to get a feel for the influence of the Mexican culture on this part of Texas.

I agree with knr--if you can get to West Texas Big Bend National Park is spectacular. There is only one place to stay within the park (unless you camp) which is called Chisos Mountains Lodge. It books quickly, so if you are interested book sooner rather than later. Make sure you book through Forever Resorts which is the vendor which runs the lodge. Don't go through a third party, even if their name is national park reservations or some such thing. It takes about 7 hours drive there from San Antonio; about 8.5 hours or a bit more from there to Austin. Unless you want to do some serious hiking a couple of nights there would work.

As far as itinerary, you could fly into Houston, do your coastal thing, drive to San Antonio, on to Big Bend (if you choose), drive back to Austin and then back to Houston for the trip home.You could also reverse the order, of course.

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4. Re: itinery advice

Just to lend some reality to this thread per hurricanes, the Corpus Christi area (within 60 miles) has been affected by 6 hurricanes in the last 30 years. The area is statistically affected by a single hurricane once every 4.12 years. I have lived here for almost all of those 30 years and have been involved in one forced evacuation and that storm did not make landfall in our area. The chance of a hurricane affecting your visit is almost nil. That said, it does happen on rare occasions. The good news is we are very well prepared and with hurricanes, we know well in advance.

You might want to look into Port Aransas as an island destination just 30 minutes from the city of Corpus Christi. Port A is a lot of fun with a bit of a fishing village vibe, although it is a bit touristy in the summer. Visiting in September/October is perfect as the summer crowds are long gone and the weather can be mild.

Lots of great little restaurants and fun things to do. Just ask if you need any specifics.

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Also re Austin, the Austin City Limits music festival is on during Oct. 12-14. Again, this affects hotel availability and prices there.

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