28 days in Texas Itinerary

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Austin
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South Padre Island
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Galveston, Galveston Island
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Port Aransas
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Ferry to Aransas Pass, TX, Drive to Rockport
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Rockport
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San Antonio
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Concan
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Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
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Fort Davis
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Burnet
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Glen Rose
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Austin — 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site and The Driskill. Get outdoors at Hamilton Pool Preserve and Inner Space Cavern. When in Austin, make a side trip to see Jacob's Well Natural Area in Wimberley, approximately Wimberley away. The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, look for all kinds of wild species at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Austin trip planning website.

Paris, France to Austin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Paris to Austin. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Austin reach 43°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to South Padre Island.
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South Padre Island — 3 nights

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Visiting Sea Turtle, Inc. and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from South Padre Island to Brownsville to see Gladys Porter Zoo about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sea views from Port Isabel Lighthouse.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Austin to South Padre Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Austin in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier. Visit Old City Cemetery and The Strand for their historical value. Take a break from Galveston with a short trip to Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, and make a trip to Tree Sculptures.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Galveston trip planner.

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. In July, daytime highs in Galveston are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Port Aransas.
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Port Aransas — 2 nights

Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. On the 25th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, then identify plant and animal life at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Port Aransas Beach, admire the majestic nature at Mustang Island State Park, then stop by Fly It Port A, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Aransas online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Galveston to Port Aransas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rockport.
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Rockport — 2 nights

Rockport is a city in Aransas County, Texas, United States. On the 27th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Goose Island State Park, contemplate the long history of Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, then kick back and relax at Rockport Beach, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Connection, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Schoenstatt Shrine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rockport trip planner.

Getting from Port Aransas to Rockport by combination of ferry and car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Rockport sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to San Antonio.
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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.
Popular historic sites such as St Joseph Catholic Church and Mission San Jose are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cave Without a Name and Comal River. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Kerrville (Kerrville River Trail & The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens), New Braunfels (Gruene Historic District & Landa Park) and Pioneer Museum (in Fredericksburg). There's much more to do: Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, get to know the fascinating history of King William Historic District, take an in-depth tour of The Alamo, and take in the history at Mission Concepcion.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio online trip builder.

You can drive from Rockport to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rockport in July: highs in San Antonio hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Concan.
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Concan — 1 night

Concan is a small unincorporated community in Uvalde County in the southwestern portion of the Hill Country of Texas. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll around Garner State Park, get a dose of the wild on Frio Bat Flight Tours, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Frio Cave.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Concan trip site.

Getting from San Antonio to Concan by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Concan sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Big Bend National Park.
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Big Bend National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at S Rim Trail, hike along Lost Mine Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains. On your second day here, cruise along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive and then explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park day trip app.

Drive from Concan to Big Bend National Park in 6 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Big Bend National Park can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) 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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and then see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens, then immerse yourself in nature at Balmorhea State Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Calera Chapel.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Davis trip website.

Drive from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis in 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Big Bend National Park in August: high temperatures in Fort Davis hover around 36°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Burnet.
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Burnet — 2 nights

Burnet is a city in and the county seat of Burnet County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Longhorn Cavern State Park, then do a tasting at Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery, and then explore the activities along Inks Lake State Park. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Calais Winery, then admire the majestic nature at Pedernales Falls State Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Burnet road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fort Davis to Burnet in 6 hours. In August, Burnet is a bit warmer than Fort Davis - with highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car 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 10th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and then look for gifts at Wiseman House.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glen Rose trip maker website.

You can drive from Burnet to Glen Rose in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Glen Rose can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time 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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