11 days in Texas Itinerary

11 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas travel route builder

Make it your trip
Drive
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Austin
— 1 night
Fly
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Lubbock
— 2 nights
Fly
3
El Paso
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Galveston
— 2 nights
Drive
5
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Houston
— 1 night

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Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, bet on your favorite at Circuit of The Americas, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, whizz through the canopy at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures, and then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin driving holiday planning tool.

Houston to Austin is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Houston in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Austin, with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Lubbock.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lubbock

— 2 nights
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Prairie Dog Town, then examine the collection at Silent Wings Museum, then examine the collection at Science Spectrum Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lubbock Veterans Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at National Ranching Heritage Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Buddy Holly Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame, and then examine the collection at The Buddy Holly Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lubbock trip builder website.

You can fly from Austin to Lubbock in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Austin in October: high temperatures in Lubbock hover around 78°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to El Paso.

Things to do in Lubbock

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

El Paso

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Border Patrol Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, and then take a memorable drive along Scenic Drive - Overlook.

Discover how to plan a El Paso trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Lubbock to El Paso takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lubbock to El Paso is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lubbock in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in El Paso, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in El Paso

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Galveston

— 2 nights

The Oleander City

An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, explore the galleries of Moody Mansion, then enjoy breathtaking views from Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, and finally take an unforgettable tour with Galveston Helicopters. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of 1892 Bishop's Palace, see the interesting displays at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and finally get some thrills on the water with Galveston Water Adventures.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Galveston road trip app.

Traveling by flight from El Paso to Galveston takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from El Paso to Galveston is 1 hour. Traveling from El Paso in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Galveston, with lows of 71°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for San Antonio.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

San Antonio

— 2 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 27th (Tue), shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Without a Name, and then Head underground at Cascade Caverns.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read San Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Galveston to San Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Antonio when traveling from Galveston in October, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Houston

— 1 night

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Funeral History, let little ones run wild at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, and then admire the sheer force of Water Wall.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Houston takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.