13 days in Texas Itinerary

13 days in Texas Itinerary

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


Galveston, Galveston Island — 1 night

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 8th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of 1892 Bishop's Palace and then take a stroll through East End Historic District.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Galveston trip itinerary tool.

Detroit to Galveston is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to Galveston due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in May: high temperatures in Galveston hover around 82°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to South Padre Island.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods

South Padre Island — 2 nights

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 (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then stroll through South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the South Padre Island sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Galveston to South Padre Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in South Padre Island can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Austin — 1 night

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take a stroll through South Congress Avenue, take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip site.

Getting from South Padre Island to Austin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in May since evenings lows in Austin dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fredericksburg.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Fredericksburg — 4 nights

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Explore hidden gems such as Garrison Brothers Distillery and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site. Get in touch with nature at South Llano River State Park and Willow City Loop. There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, and steep yourself in history at Pioneer Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fredericksburg holiday maker.

Getting from Austin to Fredericksburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in May, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Fredericksburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.
Wineries · Museums · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Fort Davis — 2 nights

Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park and then contemplate the long history of Fort Davis National Historic Site. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Balmorhea State Park and then hike along Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Davis online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Fort Davis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Fredericksburg in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fort Davis, with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip

San Antonio — 2 nights

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 19th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, take in the history at Mission San Jose, get to know the fascinating history of King William Historic District, then go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Alamo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Gruene Historic District and then explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Fort Davis to San Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Antonio when traveling from Fort Davis in May, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.