35 days in Texas Itinerary

35 days in Texas Itinerary

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35 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Amarillo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Dallas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Waco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Austin
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
7
Big Bend National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h
8
South Padre Island
— 1 day
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
9
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Houston
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
night
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
On the 8th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West, make a trip to Huge Pair of Legs, and then examine the collection at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Amarillo road trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Amarillo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from San Juan in February; daily highs in Amarillo reach 16°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums

Side Trip

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West ©
Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West
Cadillac Ranch ©
Cadillac Ranch
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum ©

4
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
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.
Explore Dallas' surroundings by going to Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District & Kimbell Art Museum). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Stadium, make a trip to Grassy Knoll, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cistercian Abbey.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip planning website .

Getting from Amarillo to Dallas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Traveling from Amarillo in February, Dallas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Worth, The Escape Game Dallas, Cistercian Abbey, AT&T Stadium, A. W. Perry Homestead
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©

4
nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (in Glen Rose), George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (in College Station) and Lone Star Trapeze Academy (in Bryan). The adventure continues: stop by Magnolia Market at the Silos, snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge, see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cameron Park Zoo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Waco visit planner.

You can drive from Dallas to Waco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and flight. February in Waco sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Lone Star Trapeze Academy, The Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum ©

5
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, nightlife, fun & games, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol, admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Austin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Waco to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waco in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Austin, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

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.
San Antonio is known for shopping, historic sites, theme parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at The Alamo, take in the history at Mission Concepcion, get in on the family fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and have fun at San Antonio Western Shooting.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Antonio itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

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.
Fredericksburg is known for museums, wineries, nature, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, explore and take pictures at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and don't miss a visit to Main Street.

Before you visit Fredericksburg, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fredericksburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Antonio in February, with highs in Fredericksburg at 21°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garrison Brothers Distillery, Sauer-Beckmann Farm, LBJ Texas White House
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main

1
night
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
On the 4th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Mine Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Abandoned Contrabando Movie Set, then see a world frozen in time at Terlingua, and then take in breathtaking views at Santa Elena Canyon.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Big Bend National Park trip app .

Drive from Fredericksburg to Big Bend National Park in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Fredericksburg in March, things will get a bit warmer in Big Bend National Park: highs are around 31°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

1
day
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.
On the 6th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island trip planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Big Bend National Park to South Padre Island in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Big Bend National Park in March, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
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.
When in Galveston, make a side trip to see Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, and make a trip to Old City Cemetery.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Galveston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens
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.
Houston is known for museums, nightlife, childrens museums, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, stroll through Houston Zoo, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Houston (Memorial).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Houston online tour planner .

Getting from Galveston to Houston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March in Houston, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

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