43 days in Texas Itinerary

43 days in Texas Itinerary

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Fly to Houston, Shuttle to Galveston
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Houston
— 4 nights
Fly
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Padre Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Amarillo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Fort Worth
— 5 nights
Drive
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McKinney
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive
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Austin
— 5 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galveston: Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah), Quintana Beach (in Quintana) and Railean Rum Distillery (in San Leon). Next up on the itinerary: race across the water with Galveston Water Adventures, take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, make a splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, and find something for the whole family at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Galveston trip tool.

Izmir, Turkey to Galveston is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Izmir in August, you will find days in Galveston are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are much hotter (80°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Houston

— 4 nights

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.
Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Skydive Spaceland Houston (in Rosharon), George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (in College Station) and That Escape Place (in Spring). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum Houston, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Houston trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Houston are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Corpus Christi

— 2 nights

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, then glide through the air with Chute 'Em Up Parasailing, and then stroll through Port Aransas Beach. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Texas State Aquarium, stroll through Texas Sealife Center, and then take a pleasant ride with Horses On The Beach: Corpus Christi.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi planning tool.

You can fly from Houston to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Corpus Christi, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trip

South Padre Island

— 3 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
When in South Padre Island, make a side trip to see Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum in Harlingen, approximately Harlingen away. There's still lots to do: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive South Padre Island, stroll through Sea Turtle, Inc., don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Corpus Christi, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Amarillo.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Amarillo

— 4 nights

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight Ranch State Historical Site (in Goodnight), Canyon (Palo Duro Riding Stables & Palo Duro Canyon State Park) and Square House Museum (in Panhandle). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of life in the country at Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West, get engrossed in the history at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, examine the collection at Pioneer West Museum, and test your team's savvy at Amarillo Escape and Mystery.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Amarillo holiday planner.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Amarillo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Amarillo when traveling from South Padre Island in August, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Fort Worth

— 5 nights

Where the West Begins

Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Explore Fort Worth's surroundings by going to Dallas (The Dallas World Aquarium, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, &more) and Black Watch Sailing Charters (in Grapevine). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, examine the collection at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airfield Falls Trailhead & Conservation Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fort Worth Zoo.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Worth journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Amarillo to Fort Worth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Amarillo in August, expect Fort Worth to be somewhat warmer, temps between 97°F and 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to McKinney.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

McKinney

— 2 nights
McKinney is a city in and the county seat of Collin County, Texas, and the second in population to Plano. On the 29th (Sun), stroll around Dog Park at Bonnie Wenk, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then test your problem-solving skills at North Texas Escape Rooms, and finally make a trip to Historic Downtown McKinney. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Frisco RoughRiders, then have fun and explore at Play Street Museum - Frisco, and then get outside with North Texas Lake Charters.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our McKinney driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Fort Worth to McKinney in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waco.

Things to do in McKinney

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Waco

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
On the 31st (Tue), look for gifts at Magnolia Market Silos, make a trip to Branding the Brazos Sculpture, then do sightseeing your way with Brazos Bluffs Ranch, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cameron Park Zoo, and finally snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, then examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, then do a tasting at Valley Mills Vineyards, and finally have fun at H5 Tactical.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Waco trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from McKinney to Waco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 96°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Fredericksburg

— 4 nights

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
When in Fredericksburg, make a side trip to see Longhorn Cavern State Park in Burnet, approximately Burnet away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, make a trip to Main Street, and delve into the mystery of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Waco to Fredericksburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Waco in September: highs in Fredericksburg hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 6 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.
San Antonio is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld, steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, walk around Friedrich Wilderness Park, and take an in-depth tour of The Alamo.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio route planner.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fredericksburg in September; daily highs in San Antonio reach 94°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Austin

— 5 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Take a break from Austin with a short trip to Lake Travis Zipline Adventures in Volente, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, test your problem-solving skills at Escapology, stop by Central Market, and stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Austin online tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.