49 days in Texas Itinerary

49 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas journey planner

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Dallas
— 5 nights
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Waco
— 5 nights
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Austin
— 6 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 6 nights
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San Antonio
— 6 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 5 nights
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South Padre Island
— 3 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 6 nights
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Houston
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Dallas

— 5 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Texas Civil War Museum and Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and New York Texas Zipline Adventures. Change things up with these side-trips from Dallas: First Monday (in Canton), Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (in Athens) and Black Beauty Ranch (in Murchison). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, admire the masterpieces at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, wander the streets of NorthPark Center, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dallas online route planner.

Greenville to Dallas is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Greenville to Dallas. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Greenville in September; daily highs in Dallas reach 92°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Waco

— 5 nights
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
You'll explore and learn at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and Stephenville Historical House Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Fort Parker State Park and Lake Whitney State Park. Explore Waco's surroundings by going to Bosque Museum (in Clifton), Billy the Kid Museum (in Hico) and Meridian State Park (in Meridian). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Waco Mammoth National Monument, browse for treasures at The Cedar Chest Too Antique Mall, learn about all things military at 1st Cavalry Division Museum, and take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Waco travel planner.

Getting from Dallas to Waco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of tram and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Waco can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Austin

— 6 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Your day by day itinerary now includes PubCrawler of Austin, Waterskiing & Jetskiing and ATXcursions. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Barton Creek Greenbelt. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dick's Classic Garage and Texas State Capitol. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Marble Falls (Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge & Flat Creek Estate Winery), Cypress Valley Canopy Tours (in Spicewood) and Palmetto State Park (in Gonzales). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Texas Military Forces Museum, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamilton Pool Preserve, and trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Austin trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Waco to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Austin, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Fredericksburg

— 6 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.
Let the collections at LBJ Texas White House and Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Inc. capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Kerrville River Trail and Kerrville-Schreiner Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fredericksburg: Bandera (Bandera Natural History Museum, Frontier Times Museum, &more), Camp Verde General Store (in Camp Verde) and Kerrville (Hill Country Museum - Schreiner Mansion, The Museum of Western Art, &more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, admire the majestic nature at Fort McKavett State Historic Site, learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, and learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Austin to Fredericksburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Austin in October; daily highs in Fredericksburg reach 80°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zip Lost Pines. Shop till you drop at The San Antonio River Walk and Pearl Brewery. The Alamo and San Antonio Fire Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Serengeti Resort Safari Ride (in Bergheim), Boerne (Cibolo Nature Center, Cave Without a Name, &more) and Guadalupe River State Park (in Spring Branch). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with The Shops at La Cantera, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and gain some tasty knowledge on Cottonwood Wine Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Antonio travel app.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Fredericksburg in October; daily highs in San Antonio reach 87°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in San Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Corpus Christi

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Selena Museum and Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Skydive South Texas/ Mustang Island Skydiving and Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corpus Christi: Goliad (Goliad County Court House, Goliad Market House Museum, &more), Rockport (Rockport Beach, Rockport Art Center, &more) and Port Aransas (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Port Aransas Beach, &more). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Mustang Island State Park, take in the exciting artwork at The Art Center of Corpus Christi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitecap Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at North Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Corpus Christi travel route builder.

Getting from San Antonio to Corpus Christi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. October in Corpus Christi sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum and Stillman House Museum. Escape the urban bustle at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Get out of town with these interesting South Padre Island side-trips: Freddy Fender Museum (in San Benito), Brownsville (Children’s Museum of Brownsville, 77 Flea Market, &more) and Harlingen (Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive South Padre Island, stroll through Sea Turtle, Inc., meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip planning tool.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Corpus Christi in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island, with lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 6 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.
Head to The Bryan Museum and Tanger Outlets Houstonfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Moody Mansion and East End Historic District. Get out of town with these interesting Galveston side-trips: League City (Butler Longhorn Museum & Dr. Ned & Fay Dudney Nature Center), Railean Rum Distillery (in San Leon) and Crystal Beach (in Port Bolivar). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, take a pleasant ride with S-n-G Horseback Riding, make a trip to Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and stroll through El Jardin Del Mar.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Galveston online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in October since evenings lows in Galveston dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Houston

— 6 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.
Head to The Printing Museum and Houston Center for Contemporary Craftfor some retail therapy. Visiting Cockrell Butterfly Center and Big Thicket National Preserve will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Huntsville (Oakwood Cemetery, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, &more), Dutch Windmill Museum (in Nederland) and Beaumont (Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica, John Jay French House Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Menil Collection, stroll through Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary, immerse yourself in nature at Barrington Living History Farm, and take an in-depth tour of Rosenberg Railroad Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Houston trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Houston sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.