15 days in Texas Itinerary

15 days in Texas Itinerary

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15 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Fort Worth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Orlando

2
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Houston Zoo. Step out of Houston with an excursion to Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary in High Island--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Space Center Houston and identify plant and animal life at Houston Audubon.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston trip tool .

Orlando to Houston is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to Houston due to the time zone difference. In May in Houston, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

1
night
South Padre Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip planner .

Fly from Houston to South Padre Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Padre Island National Seashore and Port Aransas Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall and Malaquite Beach and Pavilion. Take a break from Corpus Christi with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Port Aransas, about 44 minutes away.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Corpus Christi online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Corpus Christi, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Port Aransas
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The San Antonio River Walk and Natural Bridge Caverns. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Alamo and Mission San Jose. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Antonio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Friedrich Wilderness Park, and take in the history at Mission Espada.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to San Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in San Antonio are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Texas State Capitol and The Driskill. Get outdoors at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and Hamilton Pool Preserve. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and don't miss a visit to Mount Bonnell.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Austin travel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Austin, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Hamilton Pool Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

2
nights
Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
On the 7th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and then contemplate the long history of Thistle Hill House Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Worth sightseeing planner.

Drive from Austin to Fort Worth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Fort Worth are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Top O'Hill Terrace
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Fort Worth Botanic Garden ©
Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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