22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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Houston
— 3 nights
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Galveston
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
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Waco
— 2 nights
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Houston

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Water Wall and Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. Visit Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern and Lakewood Church for their historical value. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to San Jacinto Museum of History (in La Porte) and Huntsville (H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas & Sam Houston Memorial Museum). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Heritage Society, get a taste of the local shopping with Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, see the interesting displays at 1940 Air Terminal Museum, and learn about all things military at Lone Star Flight Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Houston trip planning tool.

Dallas to Houston is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dallas in January; daily highs in Houston reach 63°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
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Galveston

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at 1859 Ashton Villa, then view the masterpieces at MiArt Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfside Beach. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Murdochs, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Bryan Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Galveston Children's Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Galveston trip maker.

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Isla Blanca Park, then make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and finally look for gifts at Karen's Custom Toe Rings. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and then play a few rounds at South Padre Island Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read South Padre Island online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in January, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

3
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Corpus Christi

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and Texas Surf Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site and The Art Museum of South Texas. Get out of town with these interesting Corpus Christi side-trips: Presidio La Bahia (in Goliad) and Rockport (Winery on the Bay & Fulton Mansion State Historic Site). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at The Art Center of Corpus Christi and identify plant and animal life at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in January, Corpus Christi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

3
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San Antonio

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.
Do your shopping at The San Antonio River Walk and The Shops at La Cantera. Get some historical perspective at The Alamo and Mission San Jose. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Boerne (Cascade Caverns & Cibolo Nature Center). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church, admire the masterpieces at San Antonio Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum, and play a few rounds at La Cantera Golf Club.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio day trip planning app.

Drive from Corpus Christi to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Corpus Christi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Antonio, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

3
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Fredericksburg

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Museum-lovers will appreciate LBJ Texas White House and Vereins Kirche Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Mary's Catholic Church and Good Art Company Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: do a tasting at William Chris Vineyards, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, and trek along Loop Trail.

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Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fredericksburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in January; daily highs in Fredericksburg reach 58°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

3
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Austin

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Blanton Museum of Art and Rainey Street. Get some cultural insight at Harry Ransom Center and Wimberley Valley Winery. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to St. Mary's Church High Hill (in Schulenburg) and Gonzales Memorial Museum (in Gonzales). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sitagu Buddha Vihara, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Austin day trip site.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in January, Austin is a bit warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Waco.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Side Trips

2
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Waco

Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
On the 3rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Parker State Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Painting with a Twist. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Branding the Brazos Sculpture, see the interesting displays at Texas Sports Hall of Fame, then admire the masterpieces at Armstrong Browning Library and Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Balcones Distilling.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Waco trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Austin to Waco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Austin in February, Waco is little chillier at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

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Galveston Island travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Gardens · Historic Sites
It's Island Time
Packed with vacation homes strung along a coastline of white sandy beaches, Galveston Island lies just 80 km (50 mi) southeast of Houston, so it attracts not only weekend revelers from the mainland, but also international tourists. At 43 km (27 mi) long and less than 5 km (3 mi) wide, the compact island is small enough to do most of your sightseeing on foot. Much of its area (with the exception of the town of Jamaica Beach) lies within the city limits of Galveston, a busy cruise ship port. If you plan to make Galveston your base on the island, visit at least one of the city's museums before heading to the beach.