11 days in Texas Itinerary

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Fort Davis
— 1 night
— 2 nights


Galveston, Galveston Island — 4 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Surfside Beach and Stewart Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and The Seawall. Change things up with these side-trips from Galveston: Armand Bayou Nature Center (in Pasadena) and Railean Rum Distillery (in San Leon). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of East End Historic District, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strand, contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Galveston Island Brewing.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Galveston trip maker app.

Des Moines to Galveston is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March, Galveston is much hotter than Des Moines - with highs of 71°F and lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Antonio.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips

San Antonio — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then get engrossed in the history at Battle For Texas: The Experience, and finally make a trip to Main Plaza. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, get to know the fascinating history of King William Historic District, then see the interesting displays at San Antonio Fire Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at San Antonio Museum of Art.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio online tour planner.

You can fly from Galveston to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Galveston in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Antonio, with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fort Davis.
Historic Sites · Museums

Fort Davis — 1 night

Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fort Davis National Historic Site, then look and learn at McDonald Observatory, and then explore and take pictures at Davis Mountain Scenic Loop.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Davis online tour planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Fort Davis in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in March; daily highs in Fort Davis reach 71°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Austin.
Childrens Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Austin — 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Appreciate the collections at Texas Military Forces Museum and Science Mill. Step off the beaten path and head to Bike and Brew ATX and Hye Meadow Winery. Take a break from Austin with a short trip to William Chris Vineyards in Hye, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, look for all kinds of wild species at Austin Nature & Science Center, hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and view the masterpieces at Wild About Music.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Davis to Austin takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 53°F in Austin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries
Side Trips

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.