15 days in Texas Itinerary

15 days in Texas Itinerary

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15 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Davis
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Austin
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): hike along Ernst Tinaja Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon. On the next day, trek along The Window Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Bend National Park trip itinerary site .

San Francisco to Big Bend National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Big Bend National Park hover around 92°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

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

2
nights
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 5th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, then look for gifts at Davis Mt. Broom Shop, then examine the collection at Museum of the Big Bend, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory and then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

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Drive from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Big Bend National Park in September; daily highs in Fort Davis reach 82°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Museum of the Big Bend
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Big Bend ©
Museum of the Big Bend
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site

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.
Visit Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Longhorn Cavern State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, stop by Luckenbach Texas General Store, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards, and take an in-depth tour of Pioneer Museum Complex.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Fredericksburg travel route builder app .

You can drive from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fort Davis in September since evenings lows in Fredericksburg dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longhorn Cavern State Park, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Luckenbach Texas General Store, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, Garrison Brothers Distillery
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

4
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Blue Bell Creameries and Texas State Capitol. The Alamo and Bonfire Memorial will appeal to history buffs. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Waco (Waco Mammoth National Monument & Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum), The San Antonio River Walk (in San Antonio) and George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (in College Station). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center, revel in the low prices at San Marcos Premium Outlets, and don't miss a visit to South Congress Avenue.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Austin road trip planner.

Drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Austin is somewhat warmer than Fredericksburg - with highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Antonio, College Station, Waco, Blue Bell Creameries, San Marcos Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Blue Bell Creameries ©
Blue Bell Creameries
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Bonfire Memorial ©
Bonfire Memorial

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.
Shop till you drop at Murdochs and MiArt Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Moody Mansion and Bishop's Palace. When in Galveston, make a side trip to see Battleship Texas State Historic Site in La Porte, approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galveston travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Austin to Galveston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. When traveling from Austin in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Galveston, with highs around 88°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Battleship Texas State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Battleship Texas State Historic Site ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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