49 days in Texas Itinerary

49 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas tour itinerary planner

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Dallas
— 3 nights
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Fort Worth
— 2 nights
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Waco
— 1 night
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Austin
— 4 nights
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Luckenbach
— 2 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
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San Antonio
— 4 nights
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Houston
— 3 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 5 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 6 nights
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Port Aransas
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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El Paso
— 2 nights
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Del Rio
— 1 day
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Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
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Marfa
— 1 night
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Monahans
— 1 night
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Amarillo
— 3 nights
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Dallas

— 3 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.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Fort Worth Botanic Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Black Beauty Ranch. Venture out of the city with trips to Frontier Park (in Prosper), Preston Trail Farms (in Gunter) and Fort Worth (Tandy Hills Natural Area, Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Top O'Hill Terrace, stroll through East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park, explore the world behind art at Dallas Museum of Art, and examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas online day trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Dallas. In May, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Worth

— 2 nights

Where the West Begins

Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Sid Richardson Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, see the interesting displays at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, admire the masterpieces at Kimbell Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Eagle Mountain Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, stroll through Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, examine the collection at Texas Civil War Museum, then meet the residents at Fort Worth Zoo, and finally browse the exhibits of Log Cabin Village.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fort Worth travel route planner.

Drive from Dallas to Fort Worth in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. May in Fort Worth sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Waco

— 1 night
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
On the 7th (Fri), look for gifts at Magnolia Market Silos, see the interesting displays at Dr Pepper Museum, see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Branding the Brazos Sculpture, then take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Waco Mammoth National Monument.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Waco tour planner.

Drive from Fort Worth to Waco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Waco can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Austin

— 4 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Visiting Wimberley Zipline Adventures and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Texas State Capitol and LBJ Presidential Library. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Austin: Dripping Springs (Family Business Beer Company, Hamilton Pool Preserve, &more). There's still lots to do: hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barton Creek Greenbelt, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Austin sightseeing tool.

Drive from Waco to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Austin sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Luckenbach.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Luckenbach

— 2 nights
Luckenbach is an unincorporated community thirteen miles (19 km) from Fredericksburg in southeastern Gillespie County, Texas, United States, part of the Texas Hill Country. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Luckenbach Texas General Store.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Luckenbach sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Austin to Luckenbach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Luckenbach when traveling from Austin in May, with lows around 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Luckenbach

Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of the Pacific War and Pioneer Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Mary's Catholic Church and The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to James Kiehl River Bend Park (in Comfort), Burnet (Inks Lake State Park & Longhorn Cavern State Park) and Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area (in Boerne). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Kerrville River Trail, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards, and explore and take pictures at Willow City Loop.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg trip planner.

Fredericksburg is just a short distance from Luckenbach. In May, daily temperatures in Fredericksburg can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 4 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.
The Alamo and McNay Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at The Guenther House Museum and Texas Air Museum - Stinson Field capture your imagination. Step out of San Antonio with an excursion to Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, get to know the fascinating history of La Villita Historic Arts Village, take in the history at Mission Espada, and admire the masterpieces at San Antonio Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio road trip planning website.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fredericksburg in May: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 87°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Houston

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Galleria, Space Center Houston, The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and other attractions you added. Escape the urban bustle at Texas Wolfdog Project and Hermann Park. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Montgomery (St Francis Wolf Sanctuary & Jenkins Sunshine Farm). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, stroll through Houston Audubon, and admire the sheer force of Water Wall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Houston takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in May, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Seawall and 1892 Bishop's Palace. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Quintana Beach and Stewart Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Galveston side-trips: Surfside Beach (Surfside Jetty Park & Surfside Beach), West Bay Common School Museum (in League City) and Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah). There's much more to do: get some thrills on the water with Galveston Water Adventures, examine the collection at Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, take a stroll through The Strand, and cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Galveston.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Galveston trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Corpus Christi

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fulton Mansion State Historic Site and Bee County Courthouse. USS Lexington Museum on the Bay and Texas Surf Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corpus Christi: Port Aransas (Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture, Port Aransas Beach, &more), Hanging Tree (in Goliad) and Rockport (Texas Maritime Museum, Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary, &more). Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. There's still lots to do: trot along with Horses On The Beach: Corpus Christi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Texas Sealife Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Texas State Aquarium.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Corpus Christi online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Galveston to Corpus Christi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Corpus Christi can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Aransas.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Port Aransas

— 2 nights
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier, head off the coast to San Jose Island, walk around Roberts Point Park, then take in the waterfront at Port Aransas Fishermans Wharf, then get engrossed in the history at Port Aransas Museum & Farleys Historic Boat Shop, and finally trek along Lighthouse Lakes Trail. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Palmilla Beach Golf Club, get outside with Skydive South Texas/ Mustang Island Skydiving, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenn's Fish Camp, then try your luck at Aransas Queen Casino, then stroll through Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond, and finally stop by Winton's Candy Company.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Aransas tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Corpus Christi, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Aransas, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, appreciate the history behind Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, explore the striking landscape of Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Port Isabel Historical Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Port Isabel Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Isla Blanca Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for South Padre Island using our trip planner.

Getting from Port Aransas to South Padre Island by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 75°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to El Paso.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

El Paso

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, see the interesting displays at The Zuhl Museum, then examine the collection at National Border Patrol Museum, then learn about all things military at Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museums, and finally cruise along Scenic Drive - Overlook. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, get engrossed in the history at El Paso Museum of History, take an in-depth tour of Digital wall, then explore the world behind art at El Paso Museum of Art, then get outside with Southwest University Park, and finally get a new perspective on nature at UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the El Paso route planning app.

You can fly from South Padre Island to El Paso in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island to El Paso, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from South Padre Island in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in El Paso: temperatures range from 99°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Del Rio.

Things to do in El Paso

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Del Rio

— 1 day
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Amistad National Recreation Area and then take an in-depth tour of Whitehead Memorial Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Del Rio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from El Paso to Del Rio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Del Rio are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Del Rio

Parks · Nature · Museums

Big Bend National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Cattail Falls Trail, hike along The Window Trail, see a world frozen in time at Terlingua, then stroll through Lost Mine Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, and finally hike along S Rim Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ernst Tinaja Trail, contemplate the long history of Hot Springs Historic District, take in breathtaking views at Boquillas Canyon, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dug Out Wells Picnic Area and Nature Trail, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Chihuahuan Desert, and finally explore the activities along Rio Grande.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Big Bend National Park travel route site.

Traveling by car from Del Rio to Big Bend National Park takes 4.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 100°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Marfa.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Marfa

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Presidio County Courthouse, explore the world behind art at Ballroom Marfa, take in the exciting artwork at Judd Foundation, then contemplate the long history of Fort Davis National Historic Site, then hike along Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens, and finally see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Marfa road trip planner.

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Marfa in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Big Bend National Park in June, with highs in Marfa at 90°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Monahans.

Things to do in Marfa

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Monahans

— 1 night
Monahans is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Monahans Sandhills State Park.

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You can drive from Marfa to Monahans in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Marfa in June: high temperatures in Monahans hover around 97°F and lows are around 70°F. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Amarillo.

Things to do in Monahans

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Amarillo

— 3 nights

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Let the collections at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum capture your imagination. Palo Duro Canyon State Park and Lighthouse Trail will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cadillac Ranch, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Amarillo Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Amarillo Botanical Gardens, and stop by U.S. Route 66 - Sixth Street Historic District.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Amarillo holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Monahans to Amarillo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Monahans in June; daily highs in Amarillo reach 90°F and lows reach 63°F. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Amarillo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.