22 days in Texas Itinerary

22 days in Texas Itinerary

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22 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  26​h
1
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + Drive:  12​h
3
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Fort Davis
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Amarillo
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Glen Rose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
College Station
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Alamo and The Guenther House Museum. Take a break from San Antonio with a short trip to Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, admire the masterpieces at San Antonio Museum of Art, shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio online trip itinerary planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to San Antonio is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
San Antonio Museum of Art ©
San Antonio Museum of Art

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures 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, then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. On the next day, stop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read South Padre Island travel route planner.

Getting from San Antonio to South Padre Island by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from San Antonio in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in South Padre Island, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Elena Canyon and The Window Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lost Mine Trail and Ernst Tinaja Trail. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains and stroll through S Rim Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Bend National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and car from South Padre Island to Big Bend National Park takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Big Bend National Park when traveling from South Padre Island in November, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

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

2
nights
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Judd Foundation, look for all kinds of wild species at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, then admire all the interesting features of Fort Davis National Historic Site, and finally look for gifts at Davis Mt. Broom Shop. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park, then look and learn at McDonald Observatory, and then contemplate the long history of Calera Chapel.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Davis itinerary maker website .

Drive from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis in 4 hours. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in November, expect Fort Davis to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Amarillo.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Judd Foundation, Calera Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory

1
night
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
On the 15th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum, take an in-depth tour of Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, then examine the collection at Armstrong County Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Lighthouse Trail, and then explore by horseback at Old West Stables.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amarillo trip maker app .

You can drive from Fort Davis to Amarillo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Amarillo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Canyon, Armstrong County Museum, The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Highlights from your plan
The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ ©
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum ©
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum ©
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum

1
night
Glen Rose

Glen Rose ©
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at Somervell County Museum, relax in the rural setting at The Windmill Farm, and then immerse yourself in nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, then browse for treasures at Wiseman House, and then identify plant and animal life at Meridian State Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Glen Rose trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Amarillo to Glen Rose in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Amarillo in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Glen Rose: highs are around 23°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to College Station.

Things to do in Glen Rose

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Meridian State Park, Wiseman House, The Windmill Farm
Highlights from your plan
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ©
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Meridian State Park ©
Meridian State Park

3
nights
College Station

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. Get some historical perspective at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and St Martins Catholic Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Bell Creameries and Royalty Pecan Farms. Explore College Station's surroundings by going to Hearne (Camp Hearne & Hearne Railroad Museum Depot) and Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (in La Grange). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, take in the architecture and design of Reveille Gravesite, get outside with Lone Star Trapeze Academy, and hike along Lick Creek Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read College Station trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Glen Rose to College Station by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November in College Station, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Galveston.

Things to do in College Station

Museums Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hearne, Bryan, Blue Bell Creameries, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Blue Bell Creameries ©
Blue Bell Creameries
Camp Hearne ©
Camp Hearne

3
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then view the masterpieces at MiArt Gallery, then learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, then admire the striking features of St Mary's Cathedral Basilica, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Ashton Villa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Galveston trip planner .

Traveling by car from College Station to Galveston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from College Station in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Galveston. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum

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