23 days in Texas Itinerary

23 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip itinerary planner
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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
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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, admire the striking features 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.
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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 Chapel Dulcinea. Discover out-of-the-way places like Round Rock Premium Outlets and Jacob's Well Natural Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: Texas Hill Country Olive Company (in Dripping Springs) and On the Square (in Georgetown). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Domain, admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill, wander the streets of South Congress Avenue, and pause for some photo ops at Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue.

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.
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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 Cave Without a Name. Do your shopping at The San Antonio River Walk and The Shops at La Cantera. Get out of town with these interesting San Antonio side-trips: Cascade Caverns (in Boerne), Bandera (Hill Country State Natural Area & Rancho Cortez Day Trips) and Goliad (Presidio La Bahia & Our Lady of Loreto Chapel). There's still lots to do: admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, contemplate the long history of King William Historic District, pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, and take an in-depth tour of The Alamo.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip maker site.

Getting from Austin to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in San Antonio sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.
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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 Good Art Company Art Gallery. 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), Texcetera (in Johnson City) and Lost Maples State Natural Area (in Vanderpool). There's still lots to do: walk around Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, learn about winemaking at Hilmy Cellars - Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and hike along Loop Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.
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Fort Davis — 2 nights

Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 7th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at 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 drive; or 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.
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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 look for all kinds of wild species at 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 do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or 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.
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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.
Relax by the water at Stewart Beach and Porretto Beach. Visit Moody Mansion and The Strand 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. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, browse the different shops at Tanger Outlets Houston, wander the streets of East End Historic District, and make a trip to Old City Cemetery.

Plan trip to Galveston with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in January, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Houston.
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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 St Francis Wolf Sanctuary and Cypress Trails Ranch. Christ Church Cathedral and Lakewood Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Houston: Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac), Texas Wolfdog Project (in Montgomery) and High Island (Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary & Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Historic Downtown Hico, get a taste of the local shopping with Memorial City Mall, walk around Sam Houston Park, and steep yourself in history at Rienzi Mansion.

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.
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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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