16 days in Texas Itinerary

16 days in Texas Itinerary

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16 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  7​h
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Port Aransas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Austin
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Dallas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, and finally look for gifts at Murdochs.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galveston journey maker app .

Washington DC to Galveston is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Galveston hover around 65°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion

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 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the South Padre Island itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Galveston in December since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Aransas.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Port Aransas

Port Aransas ©
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. Take a break from the city and head to Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rockport Beach and Goose Island State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Rockport Art Center in Rockport (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond, look for gifts at Winton's Candy Company, and stroll through Port Aransas Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Aransas itinerary builder site .

You can drive from South Padre Island to Port Aransas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from South Padre Island in December, with highs in Port Aransas at 65°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Rockport
Highlights from your plan
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
Rockport Beach ©
Rockport Beach
Goose Island State Park ©
Goose Island State Park

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.
Get some historical perspective at Mission Concepcion and Pioneer Museum Complex. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grape Creek Vineyards on Main and Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Becker Vineyards (Winery) (in Stonewall), Fredericksburg (Grape Creek Vineyards & St. Mary's Catholic Church) and The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden (in Kerrville). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of The Alamo, tour the pleasant surroundings at The San Antonio River Walk, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Port Aransas to San Antonio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Port Aransas in December since evenings lows in San Antonio dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, Becker Vineyards (Winery), The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden
Highlights from your plan
Mission Concepcion ©
Mission Concepcion
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Get some historical perspective at Texas State Capitol and The Driskill. Visiting Longhorn Cavern State Park and Inner Space Cavern will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Austin side-trips: Inks Lake State Park (in Burnet) and Garrison Brothers Distillery (in Hye). There's more to do: wander the streets of South Congress Avenue and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. William Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Austin online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burnet, St. William Catholic Church, Garrison Brothers Distillery, Inner Space Cavern
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Longhorn Cavern State Park ©
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Inks Lake State Park ©
Inks Lake State Park

3
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dinosaur Valley State Park and Bishop Arts District. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Red Museum and Western Heights Cemetery. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Katy Trail, see Lifestylez Nails Spa, wander the streets of NorthPark Center, and steep yourself in history at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dallas online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Austin to Dallas by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. While traveling from Austin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dallas, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lifestylez Nails Spa, Dinosaur Valley State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bishop Arts District ©
Bishop Arts District
Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park

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