31 days in Texas Itinerary

31 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas holiday planner

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Lubbock
— 2 nights
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Fort Davis
— 1 night
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 4 nights
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Brenham
— 1 night
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Houston
— 3 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Dallas
— 4 nights
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Waco
— 2 nights
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Austin
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Lubbock

— 2 nights
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore Silent Wings Museum and American Wind Power Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Buddy Holly Center and National Ranching Heritage Center. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Science Spectrum Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lubbock road trip planning app.

Pierre to Lubbock is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pierre in April; daily highs in Lubbock reach 77°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Lubbock

Museums · Historic Sites

Fort Davis

— 1 night
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site and then hike along Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Davis visit planning site.

Getting from Lubbock to Fort Davis by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Trails · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Fredericksburg

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Mary's Catholic Church and LBJ Texas White House. You'll explore and learn at Pioneer Museum and The Museum of Western Art. Change things up with a short trip to River's Edge Gallery in Kerrville (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens, look for gifts at The Tinsmith's Wife, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fredericksburg travel tool.

Drive from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fredericksburg when traveling from Fort Davis in April, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mission Trail and Mission Espada. McNay Art Museum and The Alamo will appeal to museum buffs. When in San Antonio, make a side trip to see Gruene Historic District in New Braunfels, approximately New Braunfels away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk, take an in-depth tour of The Guenther House Museum, and explore the world behind art at San Antonio Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio itinerary app.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fredericksburg in April, with highs in San Antonio at 82°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brenham.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Brenham

— 1 night
Brenham is a city in east-central Texas in Washington County, United States, with a population of 15,716 according to the 2010 U.S. census. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Star of the Republic Museum and then see the interesting displays at Blue Bell Creameries.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Brenham day trip tool.

You can drive from San Antonio to Brenham in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Brenham are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Brenham

Museums

Side Trip

Houston

— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Houston Museum District and Cockrell Butterfly Center. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of Funeral History and The Menil Collection. Step out of Houston to go to La Porte and see Battleship Texas State Historic Site, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston and engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Houston trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Brenham to Houston by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in May, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate 1892 Bishop's Palace and Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Moody Mansion and The Seawall. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum, take in the waterfront at Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and examine the collection at Galveston Railroad Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Galveston trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Houston to Galveston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Galveston sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

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 10th (Tue): stroll through Sea Turtle, Inc., then stroll through South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback and then visit a coastal fixture at Port Isabel Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip planner.

Getting from Galveston to South Padre Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in South Padre Island can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Dallas.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Dallas

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Kimbell Art Museum and Amon Carter Museum of American Art capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dallas: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (in Glen Rose) and Your Private Collection Art Gallery (in Granbury). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Dallas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 65°F in Dallas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Waco

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Spice Village and then see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. On your second day here, take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge and then see the interesting displays at Waco Mammoth National Monument.

Make your Waco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Dallas to Waco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of tram and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Shopping

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.
Appreciate the collections at George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and The Blanton Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Harry Ransom Center. Take a break from Austin with a short trip to Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, view the masterpieces at Wild About Music, get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Austin day trip planning website.

You can drive from Waco to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.