20 days in Texas Itinerary

20 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner

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Austin
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Midland/Odessa, Drive to Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
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Fort Davis
— 2 nights
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Glen Rose
— 1 night
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hamilton Pool Preserve and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Visiting Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and Barton Springs Pool will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, explore the fascinating underground world of Inner Space Cavern, admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sitagu Buddha Vihara.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Austin sightseeing planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Austin is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Geneva in May, expect Austin to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and finally identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. On your second day here, look for gifts at Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Austin to South Padre Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Austin in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Big Bend National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Elena Canyon and Lost Mine Trail. Get in touch with nature at The Window Trail and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. And it doesn't end there: trek along S Rim Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, take in the dramatic scenery at Cattail Falls Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ernst Tinaja Trail.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Big Bend National Park trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from South Padre Island to Big Bend National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from South Padre Island in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Big Bend National Park, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Fort Davis

— 2 nights
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 11th (Sat), look and learn at McDonald Observatory, then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Davis National Historic Site. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Balmorhea State Park, then look for gifts at Davis Mt. Broom Shop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Davis online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in May, expect Fort Davis to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Glen Rose

— 1 night
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park, identify plant and animal life at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and then explore the activities along Paluxy River. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Veldhuizen Cheese, stop by Wiseman House, and then immerse yourself in nature at Meridian State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Glen Rose trip planner.

Drive from Fort Davis to Glen Rose in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Glen Rose, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Glen Rose

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site and Willow City Loop. Discover out-of-the-way places like Inks Lake State Park and Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus. Change things up with a short trip to The Y.O. Ranch in Mountain Home (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Wildseed Farms, do a tasting at Calais Winery, and make a trip to Charles Beckendorf Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Glen Rose to Fredericksburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and then go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Alamo, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, and then stroll around Landa Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fredericksburg in May: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.