22 days in Washington DC, Chicago & Texas Itinerary

22 days in Washington DC, Chicago & Texas Itinerary

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22 days in Washington DC, Chicago & Texas Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Big Bend National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Brussels

4
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Get outdoors at Antietam National Battlefield and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Tomb of the Unknowns and Choptank River Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill, and contemplate the long history of Old Town.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary builder website .

Brussels, Belgium to Washington DC is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and subway; or fly. Traveling from Brussels to Washington DC, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in March, expect nights in Washington DC to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cambridge, Antietam National Battlefield, Old Town, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge ©

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Name Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, and finally trek along Lakefront Trail. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, then hike along Cowles Bog, and then immerse yourself in nature at Indiana Dunes State Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in April, with highs in Chicago at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Chesterton, Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Cowles Bog ©
Cowles Bog
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park

1
night
South Padre Island

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 6th (Sat): witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, examine the collection at Children’s Museum of Brownsville, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Chicago to South Padre Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect nights in South Padre Island to be much warmer, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brownsville, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

2
nights
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
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 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Padre Island National Seashore. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of USS LEXINGTON, then contemplate the long history of Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, then learn about all things military at Texas Maritime Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi online travel route planner .

You can drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from South Padre Island in April: highs in Corpus Christi hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Rockport
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Texas Maritime Museum ©
Texas Maritime Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of La Villita Historic Arts Village, then see the interesting displays at Briscoe Western Art Museum, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and finally explore the galleries of The Alamo. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Palmer Course at La Cantera, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Pearl Brewery, and then contemplate the long history of King William Historic District.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio travel planner.

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to San Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Briscoe Western Art Museum ©
Briscoe Western Art Museum

3
nights
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
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. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of the Pacific War and Agave Gallery Fine Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fredericksburg: The Museum of Western Art (in Kerrville) and Compass Rose Cellars (in Hye). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pioneer Museum Complex, see the interesting displays at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Discover how to plan a Fredericksburg trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in April; daily highs in Fredericksburg reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kerrville, Hye, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, LBJ Texas White House
Highlights from your plan

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then identify plant and animal life at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fort Davis trip planning site .

Getting from Fredericksburg to Fort Davis by car takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Fredericksburg in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fort Davis, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lajitas Zipline and Tuff Canyon Trail. Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit and Terlingua are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: hike along Lost Mine Trail, make a trip to Abandoned Contrabando Movie Set, admire all the interesting features of Chihuahuan Desert, and stroll through Closed Canyon.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Big Bend National Park tour builder website .

Drive from Fort Davis to Big Bend National Park in 4 hours. In April, Big Bend National Park is a bit warmer than Fort Davis - with highs of 36°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
El Camino Del Rio ©
El Camino Del Rio
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail
Closed Canyon ©
Closed Canyon

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