13 days in Texas Itinerary

13 days in Texas Itinerary

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13 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Austin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Waco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Glen Rose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Burnet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Corpus Christi
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
South Padre Island
— 1 night
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
10
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 1st (Mon), Head underground at Inner Space Cavern, admire the majestic nature at Chisholm Trail Crossing Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hamilton Pool Preserve, sample the fine beverages at Dripping Springs Vodka, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin trip builder app .

Washington DC to Austin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Austin, with highs around 98°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dripping Springs, Chisholm Trail Crossing Park, Inner Space Cavern
Highlights from your plan
Inner Space Cavern ©
Inner Space Cavern
Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
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 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, stroll through Cameron Park Zoo, examine the collection at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, then stop by Spice Village, and finally take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Waco holiday builder website .

Drive from Austin to Waco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Waco can reach 96°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Waco

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum ©

1
night
Glen Rose

Glen Rose ©
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. On the 4th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, admire the majestic nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Rocks Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Glen Rose road trip planning website .

You can drive from Waco to Glen Rose in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Glen Rose sees daily highs of 97°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Burnet.

Things to do in Glen Rose

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

1
night
Burnet

Burnet ©
Burnet is a city in and the county seat of Burnet County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the activities along Inks Lake, immerse yourself in nature at Inks Lake State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Longhorn Cavern State Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Burnet day trip site .

You can drive from Glen Rose to Burnet in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Burnet

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Inks Lake State Park ©
Inks Lake State Park
Longhorn Cavern State Park ©
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Inks Lake ©
Inks Lake

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 6th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Old Tunnel State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, then do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, and finally explore and take pictures at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Burnet to Fredericksburg takes 1.5 hours. July in Fredericksburg sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Old Tunnel State Park ©
Old Tunnel State Park
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus ©

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 7th (Sun), see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Davis National Historic Site, and finally look for gifts at Davis Mt. Broom Shop.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Fort Davis attractions tool .

Drive from Fredericksburg to Fort Davis in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Fredericksburg in July, with highs in Fort Davis at 87°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fort Davis

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

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 8th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, stroll through Lost Mine Trail, and then stroll through Pine Canyon Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along The Window Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon.

Make your Big Bend National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Fort Davis to Big Bend National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Fort Davis in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Big Bend National Park: highs are around 99°F and lows about 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

1
day
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the views from Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Corpus Christi online journey planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to Corpus Christi in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Big Bend National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Corpus Christi: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion ©
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion
Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge ©
Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge

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.
On the 11th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the South Padre Island trip planning app .

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Corpus Christi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour, then examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, don't miss a visit to Tree Sculptures, then steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, and finally look for gifts at Murdochs.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Galveston road trip site .

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. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion

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