I had the opportunity to visit Texas for a few days, it was a short trip, but I tried to enjoy it to the maximum. We succeeded in visiting three major cities; Dallas, Houston, and Austin.
A key when traveling with no more than four days to explore is to have an itinerary on hand; it helps to organize your activities.
We flew from Newark International Airport (Newark, NJ) to George Bush International Airport (Houston, Texas) about 25 minutes from Downtown. We traveled with US Airways, an enjoyable flight with one stop in Charlotte, NC. I highly recommend to choose the early morning one ( 5:00 am), we made it to Houston by 9:30 am, so we could start our adventure as soon as we landed. We rented a car to travel from city to city quickly, but public transportation was accessible. I recommend to purchase a vacation package with flight, hotel and car included instead of buying it separately, you can find terrific deals depending on the season (we used Expedia).
We were starving, so our first stop was an iconic place located in Midtown area The Breakfast Klub, a trendy spot, family oriented with excellent service but be ready to wait on line. The food was excellent and prices were affordable, people seemed to love the wings and waffles!. After breakfast and driving around we spotted the Buffalo Bayou Park, we decided to take a long walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery the park offers.
It was about time to check in at the Hyatt Regency Houston, a charming hotel, perfect for business and vacation trips located in the downtown area. Our room was spacious, very comfortable with a beautiful view of the city (we requested it at no extra cost). Still, with the night hours ahead to explore Houston, we booked a Downtown Houston Historic Pub Tour. A visit to 4 different pubs in the historic area, with a fantastic tour guide (his name is Mike), we enjoyed every story behind Houston’s Pubs for about 3 hours (duration of the tour).
The next day we drove from Houston to Austin, the capital of the state for about 3 hours. An exciting city full of live music venues, restaurants, parks, and the Capitol complex just to name some of the options to enjoy your visit. After sightseeing, we tried the local food, a restaurant called Polvos Mexican Restaurant, Mexican food with very affordable prices and delicious food. After lunch, we drove a few miles to visit the Zilker Botanical Garden, for those who enjoy outdoor activities. It was a great place to spend time with nature. At the end of the day, we checked in at the Holiday Inn Midtown Austin, a medium size hotel, very quiet, clean, and neat; perfect for our quick stay.
In our 3rd day, we started driving towards Dallas around 8:30 am after having a quick breakfast at the hotel. It was a rainy day in South/North Texas, thunderstorms warning to be exact but we made it to Dallas around 1 pm, just the perfect time to try the Dallas local food. Tillman’s Roadhouse was the place, with rustic modern decor and delightful menu, we had a great brunch in the company of our Texans friends, I ordered sliders with mimosas, and I highly recommend it!. While in Dallas we also visited the Dallas Museum of Art and the Deep Ellum area (very eclectic), a must-see place.
Our return trip was shorter, only took us 3 hours 30 minutes to make it back to Houston. In our last full day in Houston, we tried to visit as many places as possible so we started eating breakfast in a local restaurant, cheap and delicious (play as locals). We checked online to find out about any special/seasonal events happening in the area so we visited a Holiday Fair (we went around Thanksgiving time), great souvenirs and good prices.
We wrapped our trip with a visit to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford, Tx. A place of worship and prayer for followers of Hinduism and people interested in learning more about it. It was a very pleasant place to visit, it has an open to the public exhibition and a shop to get souvenirs. (pictures below). We really had a good time visiting Texas!