20 days in Texas Itinerary

20 days in Texas Itinerary

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20 days in Texas Itinerary

London
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Fort Worth
— 3 nights
train + bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
London

2
days
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston
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.
On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Moody Mansion, then contemplate the long history of Bishop’s Palace, then see the interesting displays at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Seawolf Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston tour itinerary planning website

London, UK to Galveston is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Galveston. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Galveston reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Space Center Houston
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Bishop’s Palace
Bishop’s Palace
Moody Mansion
Moody Mansion

2
days
South Padre Island

South Padre Island
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the South Padre Island day trip planning tool

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. March in South Padre Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
days
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and Pioneer Museum Complex. Visiting Lost Maples State Natural Area and Old Tunnel State Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: cruise along Willow City Loop, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church, and immerse yourself in nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg attractions planning tool

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from South Padre Island to Fredericksburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Fredericksburg when traveling from South Padre Island in March, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
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Lost Maples State Natural Area ©
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site
Old Tunnel State Park
Old Tunnel State Park

4
days
San Antonio

San Antonio
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Alamo and Mission Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Mission Concepción and King William Historic District. Go for a jaunt from San Antonio to New Braunfels to see Gruene Historic District about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, get to know the fascinating history of La Villita Historic Arts Village, pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando Cathedral, and take in the history at Mission San Jose.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Antonio route planner

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fredericksburg in March since evenings lows in San Antonio dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Gruene Historic District
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo
The Alamo
Mission Concepción ©
Mission Concepción
Gruene Historic District
Gruene Historic District

3
days
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Escape the urban bustle at Hamilton Pool Preserve and Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Take a break from Austin with a short trip to Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Texas State Capitol and get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Austin day trip website

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Inks Lake State Park, Hamilton Pool Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Inks Lake State Park ©
Inks Lake State Park
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol

3
days
Fort Worth

Fort Worth
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Grapevine Historic Main Street District. Get outdoors at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and Dinosaur Valley State Park. Step out of Fort Worth with an excursion to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and take a stroll through Sundance Square.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Worth visit planner

Traveling by car from Austin to Fort Worth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Austin in March, with highs in Fort Worth at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Glen Rose, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Grapevine Historic Main Street District
Highlights from your plan
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park

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