11 days in Texas Itinerary

11 days in Texas Itinerary

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Fly
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
Fly
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Midland/Odessa, Drive to Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort Davis
— 1 night
Drive
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Austin
— 1 night
Fly

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Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
On the 8th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, then steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and then look for gifts at Murdochs. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Old City Cemetery, then examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and finally don't miss a visit to Tree Sculptures.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Galveston trip planner.

Cleveland to Galveston is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cleveland to Galveston due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Cleveland in December; daily highs in Galveston reach 65°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

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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.
On the 10th (Thu), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Galveston to South Padre Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Galveston in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in South Padre Island, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Elena Canyon and Chisos Mountains. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Window Trail and Lost Mine Trail. When in Big Bend National Park, make a side trip to see Far Flung Outdoor Center in Terlingua, approximately Terlingua away. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at S Rim Trail and take a memorable drive along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Big Bend National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from South Padre Island to Big Bend National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from South Padre Island in December; daily highs in Big Bend National Park reach 65°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

1
night
Fort Davis

Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden and then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

Before you visit Fort Davis, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis takes 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Big Bend National Park in December, with highs in Fort Davis at 59°F and lows at 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Highlights from your trip

2
nights
San Antonio

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.
On the 16th (Wed), take in the history at Mission Concepcion, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, browse the exhibits of The Guenther House Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cascade Caverns, then explore the striking landscape at Cave Without a Name, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip maker.

Traveling by car from Fort Davis to San Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Fort Davis in December; daily highs in San Antonio reach 66°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

1
night
Austin

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): walk around Zilker Metropolitan Park and then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Austin are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites · Parks

Texas travel guide

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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.