19 days in Texas Itinerary

19 days in Texas Itinerary

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19 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + shuttle:  10​h
1
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + Drive:  12​h
2
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Alpine
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Waco
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
6
College Station
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
South Padre Island

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, then meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our South Padre Island day trip planning site .

Toronto, Canada to South Padre Island is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In February, South Padre Island is much hotter than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Andy Bowie Park ©
Andy Bowie Park
Horseback Riding Tours

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Elena Canyon and Ernst Tinaja Trail. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Lost Mine Trail, see the interesting displays at Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit, take in breathtaking views at Tuff Canyon Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from South Padre Island to Big Bend National Park in 12 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from South Padre Island in February, you will find days in Big Bend National Park are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alpine.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains

3
nights
Alpine

Alpine ©
Alpine is a city in and the county seat of Brewster County, Texas, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Davis Mountains State Park and Museum of the Big Bend. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alpine: Calera Chapel (in Toyahvale) and Fort Davis (McDonald Observatory & Jeff Davis County Library). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Big Bend National Park. The adventure continues: deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Davis National Historic Site and stop by Davis Mt. Broom Shop.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alpine itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Alpine takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in February, expect Alpine to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Alpine

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fort Davis, Calera Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Big Bend National Park ©
Big Bend National Park
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
Museum of the Big Bend ©
Museum of the Big Bend

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Willow City Loop and Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site. Take a break from Fredericksburg with a short trip to Calais Winery in Hye, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, hike along Loop Trail, and steep yourself in history at Pioneer Museum Complex.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fredericksburg tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Alpine to Fredericksburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, daytime highs in Fredericksburg are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waco.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calais Winery, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

2
nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, then examine the collection at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, then look for gifts at Spice Village, and finally snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cameron Park and then stroll through Cameron Park Zoo.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Waco trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Waco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Waco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to College Station.

Things to do in Waco

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo
Cameron Park ©
Cameron Park
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument

1
night
College Station

College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, situated in East-Central Texas in the heart of the Brazos Valley, in the center of the region known as Texas Triangle. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Kyle Field, then take an in-depth tour of George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the College Station online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Waco to College Station in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Waco in March, College Station is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in College Station

Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Kyle Field ©
Kyle Field

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Galveston Railroad Museum and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, view the masterpieces at MiArt Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace.

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Getting from College Station to Galveston by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from College Station in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Galveston, with lows of 18°C. On the 12th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA ©
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

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