18 days in Texas Itinerary

18 days in Texas Itinerary

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18 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Glen Rose
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Fort Davis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
5
Rockport
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
6
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Glen Rose

Glen Rose ©
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Get some cultural insight at Bluff Dale Vineyards and Waco Mammoth National Monument. Visiting Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and Dinosaur Valley State Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glen Rose: Waco (Cameron Park Zoo & Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum).

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Glen Rose road trip planner.

Dallas to Glen Rose is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Glen Rose

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Waco, Bluff Dale Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ©
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Bluff Dale Vineyards ©
Bluff Dale Vineyards
Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and William Chris Vineyards. Step out of the city life by going to Lost Maples State Natural Area and Hamilton Pool Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Longhorn Cavern State Park (in Burnet) and Wedding Oak Tree (in San Saba). There's more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery and do a tasting at Armadillo's Leap Winery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Glen Rose to Fredericksburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Hye, Wedding Oak Tree, Becker Vineyards (Winery), Lost Maples State Natural Area, Longhorn Cavern State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lost Maples State Natural Area ©
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Becker Vineyards (Winery) ©
Becker Vineyards (Winery)
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery

2
nights
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, and then contemplate the long history of Calera Chapel. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, then steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, then browse the collection at Jeff Davis County Library, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Murphy St. Raspa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fort Davis day trip app .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Fort Davis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fredericksburg in October, plan for little chillier nights in Fort Davis, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Calera Chapel, Murphy St. Raspa
Highlights from your plan
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory

3
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Take a break from the city and head to The Window Trail and Chisos Mountains. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lost Mine Trail and Indian Head Trail. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive and explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Big Bend National Park journey planner .

Getting from Fort Davis to Big Bend National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fort Davis in October; daily highs in Big Bend National Park reach 87°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rockport.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Indian Head Trail
Highlights from your plan
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
The Window Trail ©
The Window Trail

1
day
Rockport

Rockport ©
Rockport is a city in Aransas County, Texas, United States. On the 18th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Goose Island State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rockport Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockport tour planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to Rockport takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Rockport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Rockport

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rockport Beach ©
Rockport Beach
Goose Island State Park ©
Goose Island State Park

5
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like East End Historic District and Lone Star Flight Museum. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Galveston Railroad Museum, make a trip to Tree Sculptures, engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and step aboard 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Galveston trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rockport to Galveston takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum
Texas Seaport Museum ©
Texas Seaport Museum

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