39 days in Texas Itinerary

39 days in Texas Itinerary

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Houston
— 4 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 4 nights
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South Padre Island
— 3 nights
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Austin
— 5 nights
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San Antonio
— 6 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
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Waco
— 4 nights
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Dallas
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum (in Dickinson) and Ilovekickboxing (in Cypress). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Downtown Aquarium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teo-Chew Temple.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Houston trip itinerary maker site.

Knoxville to Houston is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Knoxville in December; daily highs in Houston reach 66°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 3 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.
Explore Galveston's surroundings by going to Nana's Attic (in League City) and Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, examine the collection at Texas City Museum, make a trip to Tree Sculptures, and take an in-depth tour of Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galveston trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Galveston, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Corpus Christi

— 4 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.
Explore Corpus Christi's surroundings by going to Port Aransas Beach (in Port Aransas) and Goliad (Our Lady of Loreto Chapel & Fannin Memorial Monument). Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Texas State Aquarium, make a trip to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Corpus Christi road trip app.

You can fly from Galveston to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Corpus Christi can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 3 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Get out of town with these interesting South Padre Island side-trips: Estero Llano Grande State Park (in Weslaco) and Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum (in Harlingen). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island trip planner.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, get your bearings at Harry Ransom Center, admire the striking features of The Driskill, and walk around Mount Bonnell.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Austin road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Austin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Austin, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

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: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, and get in on the family fun at SeaWorld.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in San Antonio are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fredericksburg: Singing Water Vineyards (in Comfort) and Kerrville River Trail (in Kerrville). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, delve into the mystery of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fredericksburg itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in January, things will get a bit cooler in Fredericksburg: highs are around 58°F and lows about 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Waco

— 4 nights
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: Glen Rose (Fossil Rim Wildlife Center & Paluxy Heritage Park), Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum (in Temple) and Cedron Creek Park (in Morgan). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Magnolia Market Silos, enjoy some diversion at H5 Tactical, see the interesting displays at Dr Pepper Museum, and learn about winemaking at Chupacabra Craft Beer & Salado Lone Star Winery.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Waco online trip builder.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Waco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Waco can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Dallas.

Things to do in Waco

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Dallas

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dallas: Fort Worth (Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, walk around Klyde Warren Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Reunion Tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dallas itinerary builder app.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Historic Sites · 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.