17 days in Texas Itinerary

17 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip itinerary planner

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Fort Worth
— 1 night
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Jefferson
— 1 night
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Austin
— 3 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Fort Worth

— 1 night

Where the West Begins

Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and then take a stroll through Lifestylez Nails Spa. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, then contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Buddharatnaram.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Worth tour app.

Fresno to Fort Worth is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fresno to Fort Worth is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fort Worth when traveling from Fresno in September, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Jefferson.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Jefferson

— 1 night
Jefferson is a historic city in Marion County in northeastern Texas, United States. On the 3rd (Fri), mingle with the ghosts of the past at The Grove, then examine the collection at Museum of Measurement and Time, then see the top attractions with Caddo Lake Bayou Tours, and finally explore the activities along Caddo Lake State Park.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Jefferson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Worth to Jefferson takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Jefferson can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Jefferson

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Visiting Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Texas State Capitol and St. Mary's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, admire the majestic nature at McKinney Falls State Park, take a stroll through South Congress Avenue, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Austin trip maker.

You can drive from Jefferson to Austin in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Fredericksburg

— 3 nights

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Mary's Catholic Church and Pioneer Museum. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and don't miss a visit to Main Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fredericksburg trip planner.

Getting from Austin to Fredericksburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in September, with highs in Fredericksburg at 87°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 3 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Visit The Alamo and Mission San Juan for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Natural Bridge Caverns and Teach 'Em to Fish. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and make a trip to Main Plaza.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio online journey maker.

Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, San Antonio is somewhat warmer than Fredericksburg - with highs of 94°F and lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in San Antonio

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Corpus Christi

— 3 nights

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
You'll get in some beach time at Port Aransas Beach and Rockport Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Padre Island National Seashore and Mustang Island State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Port Aransas (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Corpus Christi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 2 nights
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 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Seas the Day, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Isla Blanca Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the South Padre Island road trip tool.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in South Padre Island are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.