16 days in Texas Itinerary

16 days in Texas Itinerary

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
3
Port Aransas
— 3 nights
4
San Antonio
— 3 nights
5
Austin
— 3 nights
6
Dallas
— 3 nights

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 22nd (Sun): explore the galleries of Moody Mansion, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and finally stop by Murdochs.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galveston driving holiday planner.

Washington DC to Galveston is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Galveston: highs are around 65°F and lows about 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
1892 Bishop's Palace ©
1892 Bishop's Palace
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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): look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read South Padre Island journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in South Padre Island when traveling from Galveston in December, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Aransas.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Port Aransas

Port Aransas ©
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rockport Beach and Goose Island State Park. Visiting Port Aransas Beach and Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Port Aransas to Rockport to see Rockport Art Center about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, admire the majestic nature at Mustang Island State Park, and look for gifts at Winton's Candy Company.

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Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Port Aransas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from South Padre Island in December: high temperatures in Port Aransas hover around 65°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Rockport
Highlights from your plan
Rockport Beach ©
Rockport Beach
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission Concepcion and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Step off the beaten path and head to The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden and Pioneer Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Antonio side-trips: Fredericksburg (Grape Creek Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, &more) and Becker Vineyards (Winery) (in Stonewall). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of The Alamo, take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

Before you visit San Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Port Aransas to San Antonio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in San Antonio when traveling from Port Aransas in December, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, Becker Vineyards (Winery)
Highlights from your plan
Mission Concepcion ©
Mission Concepcion
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Texas State Capitol and The Driskill. Step off the beaten path and head to Inner Space Cavern and South Congress Avenue. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Burnet (Inks Lake State Park & Longhorn Cavern State Park) and Garrison Brothers Distillery (in Hye). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. William Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Austin trip builder.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Austin are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burnet, Inner Space Cavern, Garrison Brothers Distillery, St. William Catholic Church
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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Red Museum and Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bishop Arts District and Katy Trail. Step out of Dallas with an excursion to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: stop by Dallas Arts District, get a taste of the local shopping with Lifestylez Nails Spa, explore the different monuments and memorials at Western Heights Cemetery, and take a stroll through NorthPark Center.

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Traveling by car from Austin to Dallas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Austin in January, plan for little chillier days in Dallas, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Finish 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
Katy Trail ©
Katy Trail

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