31 days in Texas Itinerary

31 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner

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Dallas
— 3 nights
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Amarillo
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
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Houston
— 4 nights
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San Antonio
— 6 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
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Austin
— 4 nights

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Dallas

— 3 nights

Big D

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dallas: Fort Worth (Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery, Kimbell Art Museum, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and enjoy breathtaking views from Reunion Tower.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dallas road trip planning site.

Austin to Dallas is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Amarillo.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Amarillo

— 3 nights

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amarillo: Armstrong County Museum (in Claude), Goodnight (Buffalo Gold/Herd Wear Retail Store & The Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight Ranch State Historical Site) and Canyon (Lighthouse Trail, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West, get engrossed in the history at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and don't miss a visit to Cadallic Ranch.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Amarillo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Amarillo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Amarillo, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Amarillo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 2 nights
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 8th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at Virginia's Salon and Spa, then meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then stop by Seas the Day, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our South Padre Island road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Amarillo to South Padre Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Amarillo in July, South Padre Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 4 nights

The Oleander City

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.
Step out of Galveston with an excursion to Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, enjoy breathtaking views from Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Galveston visit planner.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Houston

— 4 nights

Bayou City

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Houston: Pine Gully Park (in Seabrook) and Jason Catchings Hunting and Fishing Adventures (in Liberty). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, stroll around Smither Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, and get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Houston trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in July, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 6 nights

The Alamo City

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 shopping, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld, take in the history at Mission San Jose, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Antonio Zoo, and go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Houston to San Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 98°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Fredericksburg

— 4 nights

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fredericksburg: Kerrville (River's Edge Gallery & Kerrville River Trail) and Medina River (in Bandera). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of the Pacific War, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, admire the natural beauty at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

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

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fredericksburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in July, things will get little chillier in Fredericksburg: highs are around 93°F and lows about 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Austin

— 4 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, gain a rich perspective with Bike and Brew ATX, hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and get a new perspective on nature at Texas Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 98°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.