38 days in Texas Itinerary

38 days in Texas Itinerary

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38 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Lubbock
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Houston
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
+4
Shuttle + Foot + Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  5​h 30​min
3
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Austin
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Waco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Dallas
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Lubbock

4
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, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo, and look for all kinds of wild species at Houston Audubon.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Houston trip planning website .

Lubbock to Houston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lubbock in December, expect nights in Houston to be much warmer, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galveston side-trips: Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah), Railean Rum Distillery (in San Leon) and Helen's Garden (in League City). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, take a stroll through The Strand, examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galveston trip itinerary site .

Drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Galveston are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Helen's Garden, Kemah Boardwalk, Railean Rum Distillery, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens
The Strand ©
The Strand

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species 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. On the next day, stop by Seas the Day, then take in the history at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, then appreciate the history behind Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, and finally make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our South Padre Island travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Galveston in December since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum ©
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

3
nights
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Get out of town with these interesting Corpus Christi side-trips: Port Aransas Beach (in Port Aransas) and Rockport (Windway Gallery & The Big Tree). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Texas State Aquarium, explore the striking landscape of Padre Island National Seashore, and hike along Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Corpus Christi trip planning website .

Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in December, plan for little chillier nights in Corpus Christi, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rockport, Port Aransas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach

6
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, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Alamo, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and walk around Friedrich Wilderness Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Antonio road trip planning tool .

Getting from Corpus Christi to San Antonio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Antonio when traveling from Corpus Christi in January, with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

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.
Step out of Fredericksburg with an excursion to The Y.O. Ranch in Mountain Home--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, wander the wide-open spaces of Sister Creek Ranch, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and make a trip to Main Street.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fredericksburg trip planner .

Getting from San Antonio to Fredericksburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Antonio in January, with highs in Fredericksburg at 58°F and lows at 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Garrison Brothers Distillery, The Y.O. Ranch, Sister Creek Ranch
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
Wine Tours & Tastings

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, fun & games, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum, and examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Austin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fredericksburg in January since evenings lows in Austin dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waco.

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
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum

4
nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waco: West Temple Park (in Temple), Lone Star Trapeze Academy (in Bryan) and Cedron Creek Park (in Morgan). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Magnolia Market Silos, make a trip to Branding the Brazos Sculpture, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cameron Park Zoo, and take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Waco route planning site .

You can drive from Austin to Waco in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Austin in January, plan for little chillier nights in Waco, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dallas.

Things to do in Waco

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Veldhuizen Cheese, Lone Star Trapeze Academy, Cedron Creek Park, West Temple Park
Highlights from your plan
Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo
Magnolia Market Silos ©
Magnolia Market Silos
Lone Star Trapeze Academy ©
Lone Star Trapeze Academy

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum (in Denison), Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery, & more) and Extreme Sandbox - North Texas (in Pottsboro). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, walk around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Cistercian Abbey, and see Lifestylez Nails Spa.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dallas itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Waco to Dallas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and tram. In January, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Grapevine, Cistercian Abbey, Top O'Hill Terrace, Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©

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