26 days in Texas Itinerary

26 days in Texas Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  20 h
1
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Fort Worth
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
7
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
8
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Take a break from the city and head to Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Let the collections at Bullock Texas State History Museum and LBJ Presidential Library capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Austin: Hamilton Pool Preserve (in Dripping Springs), Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area (in Spicewood) and Cooper Spring Nature Park (in Lampasas). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Adelbert's Brewery, and explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Austin vacation maker tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Austin is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Brisbane to Austin. In April, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Flat Creek Estate Winery, Hamilton Pool Preserve, Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area, Cooper Spring Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

2
nights
Houston

Houston ©
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.
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Pine Gully Park, then examine the collection at Space Center Houston, then identify plant and animal life at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, and finally identify plant and animal life at Houston Audubon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): stroll through White Oak Bayou Trail, then engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, then engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and finally identify plant and animal life at Texas Wolfdog Project.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Houston trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Austin to Houston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Pine Gully Park, Texas Wolfdog Project
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Wolfdog Project ©
Texas Wolfdog Project

2
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfside Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Quintana Beach, then steep yourself in history at 1859 Ashton Villa, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, browse the exhibits of 1892 Bishop's Palace, then examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at El Jardin Del Mar, and finally stroll around Galveston Pocket Park 2.

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Traveling by car from Houston to Galveston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Galveston, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Surfside Beach, Quintana Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
1892 Bishop's Palace ©
1892 Bishop's Palace

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Padre Island National Seashore and Malaquite Beach and Pavilion. Take a break from the city and head to Port Aransas Beach and Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (in Austwell), Rockport (Fishing Charters & Tours & History Center for Aransas County) and Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture (in Port Aransas). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay and admire the majestic nature at Mustang Island State Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Corpus Christi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to Corpus Christi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Galveston in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Corpus Christi, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Aransas, Rockport, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, then witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, then stroll around Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip maker app.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Corpus Christi in April, expect nights in South Padre Island to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fort Worth.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Brownsville, Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center ©

3
nights
Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Top O'Hill Terrace. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Fort Worth's surroundings by going to Ellis County Museum (in Waxahachie), Glen Rose (Dinosaur Valley State Park, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, &more) and Bluebonnet Trail (in Ennis). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, steep yourself in history at The Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, and identify plant and animal life at Tandy Hills Natural Area.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fort Worth trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Fort Worth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Fort Worth when traveling from South Padre Island in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Glen Rose, Dallas, Ellis County Museum, Top O'Hill Terrace, Bluebonnet Trail
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza ©
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Chisos Mountains and Santa Elena Canyon. The adventure continues: hike along Lost Mine Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at The Balanced Rock, take in breathtaking views at Boquillas Canyon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Village Nature Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Big Bend National Park holiday builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Fort Worth to Big Bend National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Fort Worth in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Big Bend National Park, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

2
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.
National Museum of the Pacific War and Agave Gallery Fine Art will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to The Y.O. Ranch and Willow City Loop. Change things up with a short trip to Lost Maples Winery in Vanderpool (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, don't miss a visit to Charles Beckendorf Gallery, immerse yourself in nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, and explore the striking landscape at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Fredericksburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In May, Fredericksburg is a bit cooler than Big Bend National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, The Y.O. Ranch, Lost Maples Winery
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
The Y.O. Ranch ©
The Y.O. Ranch
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then see the interesting displays at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk, contemplate the long history of King William Historic District, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, then take in the history at Mission San Juan, and finally explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, San Antonio is a bit warmer than Fredericksburg - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

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