16 days in Texas Itinerary

16 days in Texas Itinerary

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16 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Fort Davis
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Waco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Lubbock
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Phoenix

2
nights
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 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Big Bend, and finally stop by Davis Mt. Broom Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Balmorhea State Park and then see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fort Davis travel planner .

Phoenix to Fort Davis is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in September, expect nights in Fort Davis to be colder, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Museum of the Big Bend, Balmorhea State Park
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Museum of the Big Bend ©
Museum of the Big Bend
Balmorhea State Park ©
Balmorhea State Park
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Longhorn Cavern State Park, then view the masterpieces at Marta Stafford Fine Art, and then stop by Luckenbach Texas General Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards, examine the collection at Pioneer Museum Complex, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fredericksburg trip planning app .

Getting from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in September, Fredericksburg is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Marta Stafford Fine Art, Luckenbach Texas General Store, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, Longhorn Cavern State Park
Highlights from your plan
Longhorn Cavern State Park ©
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex

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.
For shopping fun, head to The San Antonio River Walk or San Marcos Premium Outlets. The Alamo and The Guenther House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting San Antonio side-trips: Gruene Historic District (in New Braunfels) and Austin (Harry Ransom Center & Texas State Capitol). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, take in the history at Mission Concepcion, admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

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Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 94°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Austin, Gruene Historic District, San Marcos Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

2
nights
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 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, then take in the history at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, then enjoy the sea views from Port Isabel Lighthouse, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip itinerary planner .

Drive from San Antonio to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Antonio in September, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Isabel, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum ©
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

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 discover tucked-away gems like Battleship Texas State Historic Site and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Museum-lovers will get to explore Moody Mansion and Galveston Railroad Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Lone Star Flight Museum, contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galveston online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Galveston

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Battleship Texas State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Battleship Texas State Historic Site ©
Galveston Naval Museum ©
Galveston Naval Museum

1
night
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stop by Spice Village, see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge, then examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, and finally have fun at H5 Tactical.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Waco driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Galveston to Waco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Galveston in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Waco, with lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Lubbock.

Things to do in Waco

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

2
nights
Lubbock

Lubbock ©
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Buddy Holly Center, then see the interesting displays at American Wind Power Center, then see the interesting displays at Silent Wings Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Science Spectrum Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at OS Ranch Foundation Museum, view the masterpieces at Ruby Lane Books & Gallery, then appreciate the history behind Lubbock Veterans Memorial, then steep yourself in history at National Ranching Heritage Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Buddy Holly Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lubbock driving holiday app .

Getting from Waco to Lubbock by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Waco in September; daily highs in Lubbock reach 85°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lubbock

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Post
Highlights from your plan
The Buddy Holly Center ©
The Buddy Holly Center
National Ranching Heritage Center ©
National Ranching Heritage Center
Silent Wings Museum ©
Silent Wings Museum

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