20 days in Texas Itinerary

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Port Aransas
— 2 nights
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Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
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Fort Davis
— 2 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
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Burnet
— 1 night
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Waco
— 1 night
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Austin
— 4 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Galveston Naval Museum and Tree Sculptures. Get out of town with these interesting Galveston side-trips: Bolivar Point Lighthouse (in Port Bolivar) and Battleship Texas State Historic Site (in La Porte). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, look for gifts at Wings Beachwear, get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Galveston online driving holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Galveston is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Amsterdam in April: high temperatures in Galveston hover around 29°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to South Padre Island.
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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 6th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, take in the history at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Galveston to South Padre Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Aransas.
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Port Aransas — 2 nights

Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. On the 8th (Sat), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then identify plant and animal life at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park.

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Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Port Aransas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Port Aransas are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Bend National Park.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Elena Canyon and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Get outdoors at The Window Trail and Boquillas Canyon. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, hike along S Rim Trail, and stroll through Lost Mine Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Big Bend National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Port Aransas to Big Bend National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Port Aransas in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Big Bend National Park: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort Davis.
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Fort Davis — 2 nights

Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 13th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Wild Rose Gallery, then admire the majestic nature at Balmorhea State Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Calera Chapel. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and then see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Fort Davis journey planner.

Drive from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis in 3 hours. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in April, expect Fort Davis to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.
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Fredericksburg — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, immerse yourself in nature at Pedernales Falls State Park, and then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, then do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, then learn about winemaking at Southold Farm + Cellar, and finally admire all the interesting features of Willow City Loop.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg road trip planning tool.

Drive from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in April, Fredericksburg is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Burnet.
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Burnet — 1 night

Burnet is a city in and the county seat of Burnet County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Worlds Largest Spur, then admire the majestic nature at Longhorn Cavern State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Inks Lake State Park.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Burnet online travel planner.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Burnet in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Burnet can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Waco.
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Waco — 1 night

Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cameron Park Zoo, see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, then snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge, and finally stop by Spice Village.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Waco online road trip planner.

You can drive from Burnet to Waco in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Waco can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Austin.
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Austin — 4 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 Hamilton Pool Preserve and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barton Creek Greenbelt and Inner Space Cavern. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at McKinney Falls State Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, bet on your favorite at Circuit of The Americas, and take a stroll through South Congress Avenue.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Austin trip planner.

You can drive from Waco to Austin in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Austin are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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