11 days in Texas Itinerary

11 days in Texas Itinerary

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11 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Waco
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
South Padre Island
— 1 night
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
7
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Fort Wayne

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Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge, and then have fun at H5 Tactical.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Waco trip planner .

Fort Wayne to Waco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Wayne to Waco is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fort Wayne in August: high temperatures in Waco hover around 96°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Waco Suspension Bridge ©
Waco Suspension Bridge
H5 Tactical ©
H5 Tactical

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 13th (Thu), hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, then pause for some photo ops at Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, and finally take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, and then get your game on at The Escape Game Austin.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Austin road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Waco to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Austin are 98°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, steep yourself in history at The Alamo, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Gardens, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at SeaWorld San Antonio.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read San Antonio travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in San Antonio are 98°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
SeaWorld San Antonio ©
SeaWorld San Antonio
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, then shop like a local with Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg planning site .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fredericksburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Antonio in August, with highs in Fredericksburg at 93°F and lows at 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus ©
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): expand your understanding of the military at Fort Davis National Historic Site, see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, and then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fort Davis tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Fort Davis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fredericksburg in August, things will get slightly colder in Fort Davis: highs are around 87°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Childrens Museums Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site

1
night
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 19th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Andy Bowie Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the South Padre Island planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Fort Davis to South Padre Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Fort Davis in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island, with lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Andy Bowie Park ©
Andy Bowie Park
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore and take pictures at 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, and finally make a trip to Tree Sculptures. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, look for gifts at Murdochs, and then browse the exhibits of Moody Mansion.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Galveston trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Galveston are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA ©
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

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