22 days in Texas Itinerary

22 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner

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Fort Worth
— 4 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
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Houston
— 3 nights
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Fort Worth

— 4 nights

Where the West Begins

Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kimbell Art Museum and Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Get some historical perspective at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Thistle Hill House Museum. Explore Fort Worth's surroundings by going to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (in Glen Rose), Dallas (Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens & The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza) and Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum (in Waco).

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Worth online holiday planner.

Charleston to Fort Worth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charleston to Fort Worth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Fort Worth are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Texas State Capitol and Zedler Mill. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hamilton Pool Preserve and Winedale Historical Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Austin: St. Mary's Church High Hill (in Schulenburg) and Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Site (in La Grange). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum and admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Austin trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fort Worth to Austin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Western Art, contemplate the long history of Pioneer Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards, then learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, and then view the masterpieces at Agave Gallery Fine Art.

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You can drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in October, expect Fredericksburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Joseph Catholic Church and The Alamo. Popular historic sites such as Mission Trail and Mission Concepcion are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Briscoe Western Art Museum, steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, and admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in October, expect San Antonio to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Corpus Christi

— 2 nights

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Padre Island National Seashore and then kick back and relax at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Rockport Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Corpus Christi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October in Corpus Christi, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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 28th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read South Padre Island holiday planner.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Corpus Christi in October, South Padre Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.
On the 29th (Mon), examine the collection at Galveston Railroad Museum and then make a trip to Tree Sculptures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Moody Mansion, then take an in-depth tour of 1892 Bishop's Palace, then engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and finally take a stroll through East End Historic District.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston trip itinerary builder.

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. Traveling from South Padre Island in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Galveston, with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Houston

— 3 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Cockrell Butterfly Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Battleship Texas State Historic Site and Bonfire Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Brazosport Museum of Natural Science (in Clute), Crocodile Encounter (in Angleton) and Blue Bell Creameries (in Brenham). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston and have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Houston.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.