17 days in Texas Itinerary

17 days in Texas Itinerary

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17 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Fort Davis
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Dallas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Houston
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Austin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Orlando

2
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Alamo and Old Jail Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Joseph Catholic Church and King William Historic District. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum and get engrossed in the history at The History Shop.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio visit planner .

Orlando to San Antonio is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to San Antonio is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Orlando in December, expect San Antonio to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 47°F. You'll set off for Fredericksburg on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old Jail Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
St Joseph Catholic Church ©
St Joseph Catholic Church
The Guenther House Museum ©
The Guenther House Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, then learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, then browse the exhibits of Pioneer Museum Complex, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg holiday planning app .

Getting from San Antonio to Fredericksburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in January; daily highs in Fredericksburg reach 58°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Wineries

Side Trip

Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

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 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and then look and learn at McDonald Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fort Davis online road trip planner .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Fort Davis in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fredericksburg in January, Fort Davis is slightly colder at night with lows of 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery, wander the streets of The Strand, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfside Beach. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Lone Star Flight Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ashton Villa, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, and finally take a stroll through East End Historic District.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Galveston trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Fort Davis to Galveston in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Fort Davis in January, expect much warmer with lows of 48°F in Galveston. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dallas.

Things to do in Galveston

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Surfside Beach
Highlights from your plan
Old City Cemetery ©
Old City Cemetery
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
The Strand ©
The Strand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Meadows Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take a stroll through Bishop Arts District, then admire the masterpieces at Nasher Sculpture Center, then do a tasting at Lost Oak Winery, and finally contemplate the long history of Thistle Hill House Museum.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dallas online route planner .

Getting from Galveston to Dallas by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Dallas when traveling from Galveston in January, with lows around 37°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Plano, Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Thistle Hill House Museum, Lost Oak Winery
Highlights from your plan
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve ©
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Cavanaugh Flight Museum ©
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Nasher Sculpture Center ©
Nasher Sculpture Center

3
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.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Lone Star Flight Museum, explore the world behind art at Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, and browse the exhibits of Rothko Chapel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Houston trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Houston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in January, things will get a bit warmer in Houston: highs are around 63°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens ©
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Lone Star Flight Museum ©
Lone Star Flight Museum

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Escape the urban bustle at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center and Austin Nature & Science Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spoetzl Brewery and Texas Military Forces Museum. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at LBJ Presidential Library, stroll around Mount Bonnell, admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, and admire the striking features of The Driskill.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Houston to Austin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Houston in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Austin, with lows of 41°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Spoetzl Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center ©
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Spoetzl Brewery ©
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas Military Forces Museum ©
Texas Military Forces Museum

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