13 days in Texas Itinerary

13 days in Texas Itinerary

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13 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Glen Rose
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + shuttle:  12​h
6
South Padre Island
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The San Antonio River Walk. On your second day here, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns and then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip itinerary app .

Melbourne, Australia to San Antonio is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. In December, San Antonio is slightly colder than Melbourne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

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

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Austin. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Austin, take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, and then admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin trip planner .

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

1
night
Glen Rose

Glen Rose ©
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. On the 1st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, then see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World, and then immerse yourself in nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glen Rose route maker website .

Getting from Austin to Glen Rose by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Austin in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Glen Rose, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Glen Rose

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ©
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 2nd (Wed), see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, explore the striking landscape of Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then stop by Davis Mt. Broom Shop.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Fort Davis day trip website .

You can drive from Glen Rose to Fort Davis in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Glen Rose in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fort Davis, with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Davis Mt. Broom Shop ©
Davis Mt. Broom Shop

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at Tuff Canyon Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains and then trek along Lost Mine Trail.

Plan a Big Bend National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Fort Davis to Big Bend National Park in 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fort Davis in January: high temperatures in Big Bend National Park hover around 20°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island online route maker .

Getting from Big Bend National Park to South Padre Island by combination of car, flight, and shuttle takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in South Padre Island, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

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