40 days in Texas Itinerary

40 days in Texas Itinerary

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40 days in Texas Itinerary

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

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.
Space Center Houston and Children's Museum of Houston are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Sylvan Beach Park (in La Porte), Tomball Depot (in Tomball) and Haak Vineyards and Winery, Inc. (in Santa Fe). And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Hermann Park, admire the sheer force of Water Wall, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Houston trip tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Houston. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tomball Depot, Sylvan Beach Park, Haak Vineyards and Winery, Inc.
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

3
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 some cultural insight at The Strand and Bishop's Palace. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Stewart Beach and East Beach. Go for a jaunt from Galveston to Kemah to see Kemah Boardwalk about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, and admire all the interesting features of 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA.

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

Getting from Houston to Galveston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in October, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Stewart Beach ©
Stewart Beach
The Strand ©
The Strand
The Seawall ©
The Seawall

1
night
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 4th (Sun): 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, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip planner.

Getting from Galveston to South Padre Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In November in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Visit Port Aransas Beach and Rockport Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Corpus Christi with an excursion to Bay Education Center in Rockport--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Texas State Aquarium, take an in-depth tour of USS LEXINGTON, and make a trip to Loteria Corpus Christi Mural.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi road trip planning site .

Getting from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Corpus Christi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

8
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Alamo and The Guenther House Museum. Head to The San Antonio River Walk and Tower of the Americasfor plenty of shopping. Pack the 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Antonio. And it doesn't end there: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, take a stroll through Southtown, contemplate the waterfront views at San Antonio River, and Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip maker app .

You can drive from Corpus Christi to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

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

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of the Pacific War and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Get out of town with these interesting Fredericksburg side-trips: Vintage 205 (in Johnson City) and Westcave Cellars Winery (in Round Mountain). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, make a trip to Charles Beckendorf Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Chisholm Trail Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in November: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 67°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vintage 205, Becker Vineyards (Winery), Garrison Brothers Distillery, Westcave Cellars Winery
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

6
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Bullock Texas State History Museum and LBJ Presidential Library will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Texas State Capitol and Mount Bonnell. Go for a jaunt from Austin to Burnet to see Delaware Springs Golf Course about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin, make a trip to South Congress Avenue, admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, and trek along Barton Creek Greenbelt.

Find out how to plan Austin trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Fredericksburg to Austin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in November, Austin is a bit warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Delaware Springs Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin

3
nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site and Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Magnolia Market at the Silos and JDH Iron Designs. Explore Waco's surroundings by going to Wiseman House (in Hico) and Mother Neff State Park (in Moody). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cameron Park Zoo, explore and take pictures at McLane Stadium, snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge, and browse the collection at Armstrong Browning Library.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Waco attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Austin to Waco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Austin in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 47°F in Waco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Dallas.

Things to do in Waco

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, Mother Neff State Park, JDH Iron Designs Valley Mills Location, Wiseman House
Highlights from your plan
Mother Neff State Park ©
Mother Neff State Park
Magnolia Market Silos ©
Magnolia Market Silos
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum ©

7
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Bishop Arts District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dallas: Lone Star Wine Cellars (in McKinney), Cowboys Golf Club (in Grapevine) and Aqua Shop Indoor Surfing (in Plano). Pack the 3rd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Six Flags Over Texas. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Western Heights Cemetery, meet the residents at Dallas World Aquarium, and appreciate the history behind John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Dallas fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Waco to Dallas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and tram. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Arlington, Cowboys Golf Club, Aqua Shop Indoor Surfing, Lone Star Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©

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