16 days in Nashville & Texas Itinerary

16 days in Nashville & Texas Itinerary

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16 days in Nashville & Texas Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h
1
Nashville
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  6​h
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Fly + Drive:  9​h
3
Big Bend National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Fort Davis
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Popular historic sites such as McGavock Confederate Cemetery and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stones River National Battlefield and Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Donelson National Battlefield (in Dover), Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville) and Carter House (in Franklin). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of President James K. Polk Home & Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Franklin, examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and take in the history at Lotz House Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville attractions app .

Sydney, Australia to Nashville is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Nashville reach 10°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Fort Donelson National Battlefield, President James K. Polk Home & Museum, Casey Jones Distillery, Stones River National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Casey Jones Distillery ©
Casey Jones Distillery
Fort Donelson National Battlefield ©
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
McGavock Confederate Cemetery ©
McGavock Confederate Cemetery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, then get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and finally take a stroll through East End Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, then look for gifts at Murdochs, then take an in-depth tour of Lone Star Flight Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Galveston Naval Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Galveston trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Nashville to Galveston in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Nashville in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Galveston: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum

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 16th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Santa Elena Canyon. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Window Trail and then trek along Lost Mine Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Big Bend National Park day trip site .

Getting from Galveston to Big Bend National Park by combination of shuttle, flight, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Galveston in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Big Bend National Park, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail
The Window Trail ©
The Window Trail

1
night
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look and learn at McDonald Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then examine the collection at Museum of the Big Bend.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fort Davis trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Big Bend National Park in January: high temperatures in Fort Davis hover around 16°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museum of the Big Bend
Highlights from your plan
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Museum of the Big Bend ©
Museum of the Big Bend
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory

2
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.
On the 19th (Sun), learn about winemaking at William Chris Vineyards, sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Becker Vineyards (Winery), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, browse the exhibits of Pioneer Museum Complex, then steep yourself in history at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, then learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, and finally do a tasting at Narrow Path Winery.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip planning tool .

Drive from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 0°C in Fredericksburg. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hye, Becker Vineyards (Winery), The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden
Highlights from your plan
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Mission Trail, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, then see a world frozen in time at Gruene Historic District, and then admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fredericksburg in January, with highs in San Antonio at 20°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Gruene Historic District
Highlights from your plan
Mission Trail ©
Mission Trail
Gruene Historic District ©
Gruene Historic District
Mission Concepcion ©
Mission Concepcion

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