13 days in Texas Itinerary

13 days in Texas Itinerary

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Start: Houston
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Houston
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Dallas
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
End: Houston

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day
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 6th (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Houston, tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Wall, explore the world behind art at Rothko Chapel, then identify plant and animal life at Cockrell Butterfly Center, and finally tee off at Hermann Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Houston online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Houston. August in Houston sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Golf
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Houston ©
The Escape Game Houston
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Hermann Park ©
Hermann Park

1
night
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
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 7th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, take a stroll through The Strand, then get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, and finally stop by Murdochs.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Galveston tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Houston in August, you will find days in Galveston are little chillier (90°F), and nights are about the same (80°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion

2
nights
Corpus Christi

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
On the 8th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, observe the fascinating underwater world at Texas State Aquarium, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Corpus Christi trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to Corpus Christi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August in Corpus Christi, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Wildlife Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Port Aransas
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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 10th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Port Isabel Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip builder tool.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Corpus Christi in August, expect nights in South Padre Island to be about the same, around 79°F, while days are little chillier, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Port Isabel Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center ©
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
Port Isabel Lighthouse ©
Port Isabel Lighthouse

1
night
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, then see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and then examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dallas trip planning site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Dallas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from South Padre Island in August, you will find days in Dallas are a bit warmer (96°F), and nights are about the same (78°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza ©
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Let the collections at Bullock Texas State History Museum and Wild About Music capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Texas State Capitol and The Blanton Museum of Art. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill, take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center, and get your game on at The Escape Game Austin.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Austin trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Dallas to Austin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 98°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

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 15th (Sat), explore the galleries of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, then stop by Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, and finally view the masterpieces at Agave Gallery Fine Art.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fredericksburg driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Austin to Fredericksburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Austin in August: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 93°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus ©
Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus

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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.
For shopping fun, head to The San Antonio River Walk or Tower of the Americas. You'll explore and learn at The Alamo and San Antonio Fire Museum. The adventure continues: Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Medina River Natural Area.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fredericksburg in August since evenings lows in San Antonio dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a bus back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

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