36 days in Texas Itinerary

36 days in Texas Itinerary

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
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Houston
— 5 nights
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Austin
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Fredericksburg
— 5 nights
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Big Bend National Park
— 8 nights
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Marfa
— 2 nights
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Fort Davis
— 3 nights
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 6 nights
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El Paso
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island

— 2 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.
Take a break from Galveston with a short trip to Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum, steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and don't miss a visit to Tree Sculptures.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Galveston tour planning website.

New Orleans to Galveston is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in April, expect nights in Galveston to be little chillier, around 65°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Houston

— 5 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.
Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Blue Bell Creameries (in Brenham) and George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (in College Station). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, and engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston holiday planner.

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Houston are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Austin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Houston to Austin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Austin are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

San Antonio

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and finally take a stroll around Tower of the Americas.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Antonio planning website.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Fredericksburg

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fredericksburg: Pedernales Falls State Park (in Johnson City) and Longhorn Cavern State Park (in Burnet). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, admire the natural beauty at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, explore and take pictures at Willow City Loop, and relax in the rural setting at Wildseed Farms.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in April, things will get little chillier in Fredericksburg: highs are around 76°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Big Bend National Park

— 8 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Bend National Park: Terlingua (Terlingua Trading Company, Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center, &more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, stroll through Chihuahuan Desert, trek along The Window Trail, and take in breathtaking views at Santa Elena Canyon.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Big Bend National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Big Bend National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Fredericksburg in April, expect Big Bend National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marfa.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Marfa

— 2 nights
Marfa is a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Ballroom Marfa, stop by Marfa Book Company, and then don't miss a visit to Prada Marfa. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Marfa and Presidio County Museum, then delve into the mystery of Marfa Lights Viewing Center, and then admire the striking features of Presidio County Courthouse.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marfa online holiday planner.

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Marfa in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Big Bend National Park in April; daily highs in Marfa reach 76°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Marfa

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Fort Davis

— 3 nights
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 27th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then trek along Madera Canyon Hiking Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Calera Chapel, immerse yourself in nature at Balmorhea State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and finally stop by Davis Mt. Broom Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fort Davis travel itinerary planner.

Fort Davis is just a short distance from Marfa. In April, daily temperatures in Fort Davis can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

— 6 nights
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Change things up with a short trip to Slaughter Canyon Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Devil's Hall Trail, contemplate the long history of Frijole Ranch, explore the stunning scenery at McKittrick Canyon, and contemplate the waterfront views at Smith Spring.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Guadalupe Mountains National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Fort Davis to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Davis to Guadalupe Mountains National Park is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fort Davis in April since evenings lows in Guadalupe Mountains National Park dip to 49°F. You'll set off for El Paso on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

El Paso

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Franklin Mountains State Park, see the interesting displays at National Border Patrol Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Surreal Art Sculpture Garden, Ho Baron, Artist, and finally take a memorable drive along Scenic Drive - Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at El Paso Zoo, then get outside with Southwest University Park, and then admire the masterpieces at El Paso Museum of Art.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the El Paso trip planner.

You can drive from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to El Paso in 2 hours. When traveling from Guadalupe Mountains National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in El Paso: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 60°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in El Paso

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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.