23 days in Texas Itinerary

23 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Austin
— 2 nights
Drive
3
San Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Fort Davis
— 2 nights
Drive to Hobbs, Fly to South Padre Island
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Houston
— 3 nights
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Dallas

— 2 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and then don't miss a visit to Pioneer Plaza. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Prestonwood Baptist Church, wander the streets of NorthPark Center, wander the streets of Highland Park Village, contemplate the long history of Old Red Museum, then visit Bishop Arts District, and finally wander the streets of Dallas Arts District.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip app.

New York City to Dallas is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Dallas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dallas: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Texas State Capitol and O. Henry Home & Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Round Rock Premium Outlets and Bike and Brew ATX. Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: On the Square (in Georgetown), Jacob's Well Natural Area (in Wimberley) and Texas Hill Country Olive Company (in Dripping Springs). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Domain, explore the landscape on two wheels at Barton Creek Greenbelt, wander the streets of South Congress Avenue, and stroll through Austin Nature & Science Center.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin planner.

Fly from Dallas to Austin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Austin, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 4 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 discover tucked-away gems like Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site and Mission Espada. Do your shopping at The San Antonio River Walk and Pearl Brewery. Get out of town with these interesting San Antonio side-trips: Bandera (Hill Country State Natural Area & Rancho Cortez Day Trips), Boerne (Cascade Caverns & Cave Without a Name) and Goliad (Presidio La Bahia & Our Lady of Loreto Chapel). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with The Shops at La Cantera, steep yourself in history at King William Historic District, pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, and take in the history at Mission San Juan.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio road trip website.

Getting from Austin to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in San Antonio are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Fredericksburg

— 3 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.
Do your shopping at Der Kuchen Laden and Texcetera. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Mary's Catholic Church and Pioneer Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fredericksburg: Blanco State Park (in Blanco) and Lost Maples State Natural Area (in Vanderpool). There's still lots to do: walk around Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, hike along Loop Trail, and learn about winemaking at Hilmy Cellars - Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg trip planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Fredericksburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in January, things will get slightly colder in Fredericksburg: highs are around 58°F and lows about 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Davis

— 2 nights
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 7th (Fri), hike along Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens, admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park, cruise along Davis Mountain Scenic Loop, then admire the striking features of Presidio County Courthouse, and finally shop like a local with Judd Foundation. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fort Davis National Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Madera Canyon Hiking Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Balmorhea State Park, then steep yourself in history at Calera Chapel, and finally see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fort Davis trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Fort Davis in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Fredericksburg in January since evenings lows in Fort Davis dip to 25°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for South Padre Island.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Isla Blanca Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Sabal Palm Sanctuary, then immerse yourself in nature at Boca Chica State Park, and finally look for gifts at Seas the Day.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Fort Davis to South Padre Island in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Fort Davis in January, plan for a bit warmer days in South Padre Island, with highs around 63°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Relax by the water at Stewart Beach and East Beach. Visit Moody Mansion and Old City Cemetery for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Galveston to League City to see Dr. Ned & Fay Dudney Nature Center about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, buy something for everyone on your list at Tanger Outlets Houston, look for gifts at Murdochs, and enjoy the sand and surf at Porretto Beach.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston online tour planner.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Galveston sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Water Wall and Cypress Trails Ranch. Lakewood Church and Christ Church Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Houston: High Island (Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary & Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary), Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac) and Montgomery (St Francis Wolf Sanctuary & Texas Wolfdog Project). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Historic Downtown Hico, get a taste of the local shopping with Memorial City Mall, contemplate the long history of Rienzi Mansion, and stroll around Sam Houston Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Houston driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Houston sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.