30 days in Texas Itinerary

30 days in Texas Itinerary

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30 days in Texas Itinerary

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

2
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.
On the 1st (Sun), take a stroll through Sundance Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Fort Worth Botanic Garden and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fort Worth tour itinerary builder .

Chicago to Fort Worth is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in September: high temperatures in Fort Worth hover around 92°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Texas State Capitol and 6th Street. Get in touch with nature at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Take a break from Austin with a short trip to Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, view the masterpieces at Harry Ransom Center, take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, and admire the striking features of The Driskill.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Austin trip planning tool .

Drive from Fort Worth to Austin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. September in Austin sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hamilton Pool Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main and Calais Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Hill Country Distillers in Comfort (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, do a tasting at Kerrville Hills Winery, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fredericksburg holiday website .

You can drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Austin in September: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 87°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries Breweries & Distilleries Tours

Side Trips

Hye, Becker Vineyards (Winery), Kerrville Hills Winery, Hill Country Distillers
Highlights from your plan
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Alamo and San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to The San Antonio River Walk and San Antonio Zoo. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, take a stroll through La Villita Historic Arts Village, admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, and tee off at Palmer Course at La Cantera.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio online trip builder .

Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fredericksburg in September; daily highs in San Antonio reach 94°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Padre Island National Seashore and Port Aransas Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Corpus Christi side-trips: Rockport (Rockport Beach & Winery on the Bay). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center, and kick back and relax at Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Corpus Christi itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Corpus Christi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Corpus Christi are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rockport, Port Aransas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall ©
Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall

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 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read South Padre Island online day trip planner .

Drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in September, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Strand and Texas City Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from Galveston with a short trip to Railean Rum Distillery in San Leon, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of East End Historic District, steep yourself in history at Ashton Villa, and get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Galveston planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. September in Galveston sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Texas City Museum, Railean Rum Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
The Strand ©
The Strand

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Space Center Houston and Bernhardt Winery. Escape the urban bustle at Hermann Park and Cockrell Butterfly Center. Go for a jaunt from Houston to Montgomery to see Texas Wolfdog Project about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Chapel of St. Basil, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Printing History.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Houston tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Galveston to Houston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Houston are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Texas Wolfdog Project, Bernhardt Winery
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center

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