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
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Beaumont
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
San Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Austin
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Fort Worth
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Chicago

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Space Center Houston and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Get in touch with nature at Cockrell Butterfly Center and Water Wall. Step out of Houston to go to Montgomery and see Texas Wolfdog Project, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, look for gifts at Museum of Printing History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and get your game on at The Escape Game Houston.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Houston day trip planning app .

Chicago to Houston is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in September, things will get a bit warmer in Houston: highs are around 90°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Texas Wolfdog Project
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Armand Bayou Nature Center. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Strand and MiArt Gallery. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, stop by The Witchery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Galveston trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Galveston sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Armand Bayou Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
nights
Beaumont

Beaumont ©
Beaumont is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas in the United States, within the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Chambers House and John Jay French House Museum. Visiting Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Gator Country will get you outdoors. Step out of Beaumont to go to Kountze and see Big Thicket National Preserve, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

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Traveling by car from Galveston to Beaumont takes 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Galveston in September since evenings lows in Beaumont dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Beaumont

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Big Thicket National Preserve, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Big Thicket National Preserve ©
Big Thicket National Preserve
The Chambers House ©
The Chambers House

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.
Visiting Sea Turtle, Inc. and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island online trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Beaumont to South Padre Island with the Route module. Traveling from Beaumont in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island, with lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

4
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.
The Alamo and McNay Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Mission San Jose and Mission Concepcion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, and Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio tour builder site .

You can drive from South Padre Island to San Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from South Padre Island in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Antonio: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of the Pacific War and Grape Creek Vineyards on Main. Get outdoors at Old Tunnel State Park and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site. There's still lots to do: delve into the mystery of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Charles Beckendorf Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fredericksburg trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from San Antonio to Fredericksburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in September, expect Fredericksburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 87°F and 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main

5
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Get some cultural insight at Texas State Capitol and The Driskill. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Mary's Cathedral and Caswell House. When in Austin, make a side trip to see Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs, approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barton Creek Greenbelt, and get advice or help at Harry Ransom Center.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Austin trip planner .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fredericksburg in September, with highs in Austin at 93°F and lows at 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Hamilton Pool Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
LBJ Presidential Library ©
LBJ Presidential Library

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.
Visit Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and St. Patrick Cathedral for their historical value. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Fort Worth Botanic Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Worth: Dallas (Perot Museum of Nature and Science, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, & more) and Grapevine Olive Oil Company (in Grapevine). It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at SiNaCa Studio School of Glass and Gallery.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Worth trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Austin to Fort Worth by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Dallas, Grapevine Olive Oil Company
Highlights from your plan

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