31 days in Texas & Tennessee Itinerary

31 days in Texas & Tennessee Itinerary

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31 days in Texas & Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
+3
train + Fly + foot + bus:  16​h
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Austin
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
4
South Padre Island
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Chattanooga
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Bournemouth

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Strand and Moody Gardens. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, see the interesting displays at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, and make a splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galveston day trip planning tool .

Bournemouth, UK to Galveston is an approximately 16-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, shuttle, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bournemouth to Galveston. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bournemouth in September, with highs in Galveston at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Fun & Games Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of the Pacific War and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Explore Fredericksburg's surroundings by going to San Antonio (Mission San Jose & San Antonio Missions National Historical Park). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Alexander Vineyards, relax in the rural setting at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, and don't miss a visit to Charles Beckendorf Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Galveston to Fredericksburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Galveston in September since evenings lows in Fredericksburg dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

San Antonio, Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and LBJ Presidential Library. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Austin: College Station (Kyle Field & George Bush Presidential Library and Museum) and Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels (in New Braunfels). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin, get great views at Mount Bonnell, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Austin trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fredericksburg in September, with highs in Austin at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

College Station, Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sea Turtle, Inc. and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: 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, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for gifts at Seas the Day.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Austin to South Padre Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Austin in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lotz House Museum and Fontanel Mansion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Room Escape Games (in Murfreesboro) and Franklin (Carnton & Carter House). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, stroll through Centennial Park, and explore and take pictures at Bridgestone Arena.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville road trip planning website .

Getting from South Padre Island to Nashville by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nashville, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Brentwood Jewelery & Gifts, Room Escape Games
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Beer Tastings & Tours
RCA Studio B ©
RCA Studio B

4
nights
Chattanooga

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Walnut Street Bridge. Explore Chattanooga's surroundings by going to Mash & Hops (in Cleveland) and Adventures Unlimited (in Ocoee). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, stop by Moon Pie General Store, examine the collection at Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR), and don't miss a visit to Coolidge Park Antique Carousel.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chattanooga road trip site .

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ocoee, Mash & Hops
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Walnut Street Bridge ©
Walnut Street Bridge
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited

5
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Explore hidden gems such as Clingmans Dome and Tuckaleechee Caverns. Get out of town with these interesting Pigeon Forge side-trips: Market Square (in Knoxville) and Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, find something for the whole family at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, and stop by Christmas Place.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Market Square, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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