10 days in Texas Itinerary

10 days in Texas Itinerary

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10 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 45​min
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
2
South Padre Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Detroit

3
nights
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 22nd (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Seawolf Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Moody Mansion, then steep yourself in history at Bishop’s Palace, then see the interesting displays at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Galveston tour planner.

Detroit to Galveston is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Galveston is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in January; daily highs in Galveston reach 61°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Space Center Houston
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Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
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.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of South Padre Island to go to Brownsville and see Sabal Palm Sanctuary, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and get engrossed in the history at Port Isabel Historical Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island itinerary builder.

Getting from Galveston to South Padre Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daily temperatures in South Padre Island can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brownsville, Port Isabel
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Alamo and Presidio La Bahia. Attractions like Mission San Jose and Natural Bridge Caverns make great kid-friendly stops. Explore San Antonio's surroundings by going to Fredericksburg (Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site & Pioneer Museum Complex) and Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site (in Goliad). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Guenther House and pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando Cathedral.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip builder.

Traveling by car from South Padre Island to San Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Antonio when traveling from South Padre Island in January, with lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Goliad, Fredericksburg
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Presidio La Bahia ©
Presidio La Bahia
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex

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