47 days in Texas Itinerary

47 days in Texas Itinerary

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47 days in Texas Itinerary

Milan
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Austin
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Waco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Dallas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Glen Rose
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Alpine
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Big Bend National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
Fredericksburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
South Padre Island
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
Houston
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  17​h
Milan

5
days
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Inks Lake State Park. Step out of Austin with an excursion to San Marcos Premium Outlets in San Marcos--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park, and explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool.

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Milan, Italy to Austin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Milan in April: high temperatures in Austin hover around 31°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waco.

Things to do in Austin

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

Inks Lake State Park, San Marcos Premium Outlets
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Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum

4
days
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Cameron Park Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Waco side-trips: College Station (Bonfire Memorial & Kyle Field).

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Waco travel route planner .

Getting from Austin to Waco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dallas.

Things to do in Waco

#Museums, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

College Station
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Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument

4
days
Dallas

Dallas ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Caldwell Zoo and Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dallas: First Monday Trade Days (in Canton) and Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Kimbell Art Museum, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository, appreciate the history behind John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, and take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dallas trip planner.

You can drive from Waco to Dallas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and tram. In April, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Dallas

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Fort Worth, First Monday Trade Days, Caldwell Zoo
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Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©
Caldwell Zoo ©
Caldwell Zoo

1
day
Glen Rose

Glen Rose ©
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, then examine the collection at Dinosaur World, and then admire the majestic nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Glen Rose travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dallas to Glen Rose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Alpine.

Things to do in Glen Rose

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Wiseman House
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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ©
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

2
days
Alpine

Alpine ©
Alpine is a city in and the county seat of Brewster County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Fort Davis National Historic Site, then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and then admire the striking features of Presidio County Courthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Big Bend and then look and learn at McDonald Observatory.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alpine tour itinerary app .

Getting from Glen Rose to Alpine by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Glen Rose in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Alpine, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Alpine

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Fort Davis, Presidio County Courthouse
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Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park

4
days
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Explore hidden gems such as Santa Elena Canyon and Lost Mine Trail. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, explore the striking landscape at The Window, take a memorable drive along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and admire nature's extreme beauty at Chihuahuan Desert.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Big Bend National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Alpine to Big Bend National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Alpine in May, expect Big Bend National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 21°C. You will leave for Fredericksburg on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
The Window ©
The Window

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Willow City Loop and Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site. Go for a jaunt from Fredericksburg to Johnson City to see Pedernales Falls State Park about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, look for all kinds of wild species at Old Tunnel State Park, and sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg trip planner .

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Fredericksburg in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in May, expect nights in Fredericksburg to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Stonewall, Luckenbach Texas General Store, Pedernales Falls State Park, Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as San Antonio Botanical Garden and Mission Concepcion. Step out of San Antonio with an excursion to Landa Park in New Braunfels--about 42 minutes away. Pack the 15th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Antonio. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Alamo, get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, and explore the activities along San Antonio River.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Landa Park
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, stop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, cool off at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, and stroll through Laguna Madre Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island road trip planner .

You can drive from San Antonio to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from San Antonio in May, expect nights in South Padre Island to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Port Isabel Lighthouse
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bishop's Palace and Moody Mansion. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, play a few rounds at Galveston Country Club, admire all the interesting features of 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and make a trip to Tree Sculptures.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Galveston trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In May in Galveston, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums
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Galveston Island State Park ©
Galveston Island State Park
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

3
days
Houston

Houston ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Bell Creameries and Hermann Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, explore and take pictures at Minute Maid Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo, and get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Houston travel route planner.

Drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Galveston in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Houston, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Blue Bell Creameries
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Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Blue Bell Creameries ©
Blue Bell Creameries
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©

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