15 days in Texas Itinerary

15 days in Texas Itinerary

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15 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Waco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Fort Davis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Big Bend National Park
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + shuttle:  9​h
7
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Waco Mammoth National Monument, stop by Spice Village, then see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Waco road trip planning tool .

London, UK to Waco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Waco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in September, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Waco: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Spice Village ©
Spice Village

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 30th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with South Congress Avenue, contemplate the long history of The Driskill, and then get some fabulous bargains at San Marcos Premium Outlets. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, view the masterpieces at Harry Ransom Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Hamilton Pool Preserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Austin trip planner .

Drive from Waco to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Shopping Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

San Marcos Premium Outlets, Hamilton Pool Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Harry Ransom Center ©
Harry Ransom Center
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, take in the history at Mission Concepcion, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum, see the interesting displays at Briscoe Western Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Gruene Historic District, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Barn Pottery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio holiday planner .

Getting from Austin to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in San Antonio are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

New Braunfels
Highlights from your plan
Briscoe Western Art Museum ©
Briscoe Western Art Museum
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and Pioneer Museum Complex are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden and Becker Vineyards (Winery). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fredericksburg: Longhorn Cavern State Park (in Burnet) and Lost Maples State Natural Area (in Vanderpool). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards, and look for gifts at Luckenbach Texas General Store.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fredericksburg holiday planner .

Drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in October, expect Fredericksburg to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garrison Brothers Distillery, Becker Vineyards (Winery), Luckenbach Texas General Store, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, Lost Maples State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Lost Maples State Natural Area ©
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex

1
night
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Davis National Historic Site, look and learn at McDonald Observatory, and then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fort Davis trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Fort Davis in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fort Davis when traveling from Fredericksburg in October, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fort Davis

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

1
night
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 (Tue), examine the collection at Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit and then take in breathtaking views at Santa Elena Canyon.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Big Bend National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fort Davis to Big Bend National Park in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Fort Davis in October, with highs in Big Bend National Park at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moody Mansion and Lone Star Flight Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galveston Railroad Museum and Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum, and stop by Murdochs.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Galveston online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Big Bend National Park to Galveston in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Big Bend National Park in October: highs in Galveston hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

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

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