23 days in Texas Itinerary

23 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner
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Houston
— 4 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 6 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 4 nights
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Fort Worth
— 2 nights
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Houston — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Space Center Houston and The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: That Escape Place (in Spring) and Brazos Bend State Park (in Needville). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teo-Chew Temple, have fun and explore at Children's Museum Houston, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hermann Park's Japanese Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston road trip app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Houston is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Houston is minus 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Houston at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Galveston.
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Moody Gardens and 1892 Bishop's Palace will thrill your kids. Take a break from Galveston with a short trip to Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, get in on the family fun at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, and make a trip to Tree Sculptures.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Galveston day trip planning site.

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Galveston are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 6 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SeaWorld and The San Antonio River Walk. There's much more to do: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and explore the galleries of The Alamo.

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Getting from Galveston to San Antonio by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Antonio when traveling from Galveston in December, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive 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.
On the 26th (Sun), learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, then admire the natural beauty at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, then test your problem-solving skills at Hill Country Escape, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Agave Gallery Fine Art. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Main Street, then steep yourself in history at Pioneer Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fredericksburg travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fredericksburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in December, expect Fredericksburg to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Bring the kids along to Texas State Capitol and Mount Bonnell. Go for a jaunt from Austin to Cedar Creek to see Zip Lost Pines about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, gain insight at University of Texas at Austin, test your problem-solving skills at Escapology, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Barton Creek Greenbelt.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in December, Austin is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can fly to Fort Worth.
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Fort Worth — 2 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.
On the 1st (Sat), test your team's savvy at Red Door Escape Room, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grapevine Historic Main Street District, then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and finally see Lifestylez Nails Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): take a tour by water with The Spirit of Dallas and then take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

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Getting from Austin to Fort Worth by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Austin in December, plan for slightly colder days in Fort Worth, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time 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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