18 days in Texas Itinerary

18 days in Texas Itinerary

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Canyon Lake
— 8 nights
Drive to San Antonio International Airport, Fly to Valley International Airport, Drive to South Padre Island
South Padre Island
— 5 nights
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights


Canyon Lake

— 8 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jacob's Well Natural Area and Cave Without a Name. Get some cultural insight at Taste of the Hills Wine Tours and Buggy Barn Museum Complex. Venture out of the city with trips to Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area (in Boerne), Dripping Springs (Solstice Gardens & Hills of Milk and Honey) and San Marcos (Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force & Three Dudes Winery).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Canyon Lake trip maker.

Tampa to Canyon Lake is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Tampa to Canyon Lake, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in March, expect little chillier with lows of 51°F in Canyon Lake. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Canyon Lake

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 5 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Get some historical perspective at Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Old City Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Sea Turtle, Inc. and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Padre Island: Hugh Ramsey Nature Park (in Harlingen), Weslaco (Estero Llano Grande State Park & Valley Nature Center) and Children’s Museum of Brownsville (in Brownsville). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Canyon Lake to South Padre Island. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in South Padre Island when traveling from Canyon Lake in March, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 3 nights

The Oleander City

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 some historical perspective at The Seawall and Moody Mansion. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Armand Bayou Nature Center. Explore Galveston's surroundings by going to Kemah (Kemah Boardwalk & Stingray Reef 215 Kipp Ave). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of East End Historic District, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at The Galveston Children's Museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Galveston online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in March, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Texas travel guide

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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.