30 days in Texas Itinerary

30 days in Texas Itinerary

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30 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Houston
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
3
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Austin
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Waco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Dallas
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
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.
Houston is known for museums, fun & games, childrens museums, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo, and look for all kinds of wild species at Houston Audubon.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip planner .

Chicago to Houston is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in February, with highs in Houston at 69°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galveston: Railean Rum Distillery (in San Leon), Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah) and Helen's Garden (in League City). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strand, take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, and view the masterpieces at MiArt Gallery.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galveston day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Houston to Galveston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in February, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kemah Boardwalk, Helen's Garden, Railean Rum Distillery, Texas City Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens
The Strand ©
The Strand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island holiday planning website .

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. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in February, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez at Seaside Memorial Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Texas State Aquarium, and then take an in-depth tour of USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Corpus Christi Municipal Marina and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Corpus Christi, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Texas State Aquarium ©
Texas State Aquarium

5
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.
San Antonio is known for historic sites, shopping, zoos & aquariums, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Alamo, have fun at San Antonio Western Shooting, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, and admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio holiday builder tool .

Drive from Corpus Christi to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Corpus Christi in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in San Antonio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

3
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.
Fredericksburg is known for wineries, museums, parks, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards, and make a trip to Main Street.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fredericksburg sightseeing planner .

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Antonio in February: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 65°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol, take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fredericksburg in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Austin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Waco.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

St. William Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

2
nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): browse the collection at The Texas Collection, then examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, and then stroll around Cedron Creek Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, meet the residents at Cameron Park Zoo, then snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge, and finally stop by Magnolia Market Silos.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Waco road trip planning site .

You can drive from Austin to Waco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Austin in February since evenings lows in Waco dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dallas.

Things to do in Waco

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cedron Creek Park
Highlights from your plan
Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo
Magnolia Market Silos ©
Magnolia Market Silos
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument

5
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dallas: Extreme Sandbox - North Texas (in Pottsboro) and Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, don't miss a visit to Grassy Knoll, get your game on at The Escape Game Dallas, and walk around Klyde Warren Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dallas online travel planner .

Drive from Waco to Dallas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and tram. In February, daytime highs in Dallas are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Extreme Sandbox - North Texas, The Escape Game Dallas, Top O'Hill Terrace, Cistercian Abbey
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©

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