27 days in Texas Itinerary

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San Antonio
— 5 nights
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Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
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Fort Davis
— 2 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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Austin
— 4 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
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College Station
— 2 nights
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Glen Rose
— 1 night
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San Antonio — 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cave Without a Name and Cascade Caverns. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Antonio Museum of Art and King William Historic District. Go for a jaunt from San Antonio to New Braunfels to see Gruene Historic District about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, explore the world behind art at Witte Museum, don't miss a visit to Main Plaza, and see the interesting displays at San Antonio Fire Museum.

For maps and tourist information, read our San Antonio trip builder tool.

Memmingen, Germany to San Antonio is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. While traveling from Memmingen, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in San Antonio, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Big Bend National Park.
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Big Bend National Park — 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Elena Canyon and The Window Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Lost Mine Trail and S Rim Trail. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, explore the stunning scenery at Boquillas Canyon, and take a memorable drive along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Bend National Park day trip website.

You can drive from San Antonio to Big Bend National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Antonio in December, plan for little chillier nights in Big Bend National Park, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car 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 17th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens, then shop like a local with Wild Rose Gallery, and then see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, then steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then admire the majestic nature at Balmorhea State Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fort Davis trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Big Bend National Park in December, with highs in Fort Davis at 17°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kerrville River Trail and Distillery Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Pedernales Falls State Park and Longhorn Cavern State Park. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Pioneer Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens, and admire the majestic nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Fredericksburg day trip tool.

Drive from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fredericksburg when traveling from Fort Davis in December, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive 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.
Get in touch with nature at Inner Space Cavern and Jacob's Well Natural Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barton Creek Greenbelt and Hamilton Pool Preserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Austin: San Marcos River (in San Marcos) and Palmetto State Park (in Gonzales). There's much more to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, see the interesting displays at Museum of The Weird, and don't miss a visit to South Congress Avenue.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Austin tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Austin when traveling from Fredericksburg in December, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then enjoy the sea views from Port Isabel Lighthouse, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip planner.

You can fly from Austin to South Padre Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Austin in December, with highs in South Padre Island at 24°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galveston Railroad Museum and The Bryan Museum. And it doesn't end there: visit East End Historic District, take an in-depth tour of Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, don't miss a visit to Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, and buy something for everyone on your list at Tanger Outlets Houston.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Galveston road trip tool.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from South Padre Island in December, with highs in Galveston at 21°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to College Station.
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College Station — 2 nights

College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, situated in East-Central Texas in the heart of the Brazos Valley, in the center of the region known as Texas Triangle. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): find something for the whole family at Santa's Wonderland, then take an in-depth tour of George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Bonfire Memorial, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

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Traveling by car from Galveston to College Station takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Galveston in December, plan for slightly colder nights in College Station, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Glen Rose.
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Glen Rose — 1 night

Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and then walk around Big Rocks Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Glen Rose trip planner.

Getting from College Station to Glen Rose by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from College Station in January, Glen Rose is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel 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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