29 days in San Francisco, New York City & Texas Itinerary

29 days in San Francisco, New York City & Texas Itinerary

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29 days in San Francisco, New York City & Texas Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
3
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 day
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Austin
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Beer Tastings & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento) and Balloon Rides (in Napa). Dedicate the 29th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco attractions planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Balloon Rides, Battery Spencer, Marin Headlands, California State Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Wine Tours & Tastings

6
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Step out of New York City with an excursion to New York Botanical Garden in Bronx--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Central Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

New York Botanical Garden, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
Food Tours

1
day
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

Plan my day in Galveston using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from New York City to Galveston by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Galveston. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Galveston at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc. and then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our South Padre Island online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in South Padre Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
On the 15th (Wed), stroll through Port Aransas Beach and then get engrossed in the history at USS LEXINGTON. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Corpus Christi driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Corpus Christi, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Antonio itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to San Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in San Antonio are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Room Escape Games

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, take in nature's colorful creations at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, and then explore and take pictures at Wildseed Farms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then delve into the mystery of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and then don't miss a visit to Main Street.

Plan my trip to Fredericksburg with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in June: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 36°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Wildseed Farms ©
Wildseed Farms
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Escape Game Austin and Texas State Capitol. The adventure continues: hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library.

Discover how to plan a Austin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Austin sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

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