36 days in Texas Itinerary

36 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner

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Dallas
— 4 nights
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Waco
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 5 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
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San Antonio
— 6 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 2 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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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Worth (Amon Carter Museum of American Art & Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, take in panoramic vistas at Reunion Tower, wander the streets of Lifestylez Nails Spa, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Dallas World Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas vacation planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Dallas is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Dallas to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Waco.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, look for gifts at Magnolia Market Silos, examine the collection at Dr Pepper Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Branding the Brazos Sculpture, and finally take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Cedron Creek Park, then learn about winemaking at Valley Mills Vineyards, and then take in the architecture and design of Baylor University.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Waco online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Dallas to Waco in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of tram and flight. December in Waco sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

Austin

— 5 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: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, learn the secrets of beer at Bike and Brew ATX, get great views at Mount Bonnell, and get a taste of the local shopping with Harry Ransom Center.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin route site.

Traveling by car from Waco to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waco in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Austin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

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.
Take a break from Fredericksburg with a short trip to Singing Water Vineyards in Comfort, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, take in nature's colorful creations at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fredericksburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to Fredericksburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Fredericksburg. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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: go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk, admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and contemplate the long history of The Alamo.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio trip builder site.

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 December, with highs in San Antonio at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Corpus Christi

— 2 nights

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, don't miss a visit to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, then stroll through Port Aransas Beach, and finally look for gifts at Fly It Port A. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Padre Island National Seashore.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi trip maker site.

Drive from San Antonio to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Corpus Christi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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 6th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in South Padre Island are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

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 to go to Kemah and see Kemah Boardwalk, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, examine the collection at Texas City Museum, steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and wander the streets of The Strand.

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You can fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Galveston are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum (in Dickinson) and John Fairey Garden (in Hempstead). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Houston trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.