49 days in Texas Itinerary

49 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas journey planner

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Dallas
— 5 nights
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Waco
— 5 nights
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Austin
— 6 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 6 nights
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San Antonio
— 6 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 5 nights
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South Padre Island
— 3 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 6 nights
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Houston
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Texas Civil War Museum and Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Explore hidden gems such as Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with these side-trips from Dallas: New York Texas Zipline Adventures (in Larue), First Monday (in Canton) and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (in Athens). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Nasher Sculpture Center, contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and get to know the fascinating history of The Harbor Rockwall.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dallas online route planner.

Greenville to Dallas is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Greenville to Dallas. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Greenville in September; daily highs in Dallas reach 92°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Waco

— 5 nights
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
You'll explore and learn at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and Stephenville Historical House Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Fort Parker State Park and Lake Whitney State Park. Explore Waco's surroundings by going to Meridian State Park (in Meridian), Billy the Kid Museum (in Hico) and Bosque Museum (in Clifton). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Waco Mammoth National Monument, identify plant and animal life at Carleen Bright Arboretum, shop like a local with Painting with a Twist, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Cedar Chest Too Antique Mall.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Waco travel planner.

Getting from Dallas to Waco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of tram and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Waco can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Austin

— 6 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Your day by day itinerary now includes PubCrawler of Austin, Waterskiing & Jetskiing and ATXcursions. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Barton Creek Greenbelt. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dick's Classic Garage and Graffiti Park at Castle Hills. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Palmetto State Park (in Gonzales), Marble Falls (Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge & Flat Creek Estate Winery) and Cypress Valley Canopy Tours (in Spicewood). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hamilton Pool Preserve, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, don't miss a visit to Jacob's Well Natural Area, and wander the streets of Rainey Street.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Austin tour site.

Drive from Waco to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Austin sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Fredericksburg

— 6 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.
Let the collections at LBJ Texas White House and Pioneer Museum capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Kerrville River Trail and Colorado Bend State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fredericksburg: Kerrville (Hill Country Museum - Schreiner Mansion, Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Inc., &more), Bandera (Bandera Natural History Museum, Frontier Times Museum, &more) and Camp Verde General Store (in Camp Verde). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, view the masterpieces at TASTE Wine Art, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, and shop like a local with Texcetera.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg trip planner.

You can drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Austin in October; daily highs in Fredericksburg reach 80°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zip Lost Pines. Shop till you drop at The San Antonio River Walk and Pearl Brewery. San Antonio Fire Museum and Cottonwood Wine Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Boerne (Cibolo Nature Center, Cave Without a Name, &more), Guadalupe River State Park (in Spring Branch) and Serengeti Resort Safari Ride (in Bergheim). The adventure continues: shop like a local with The Shops at La Cantera, pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of the Americas, and don't miss a visit to Institute of Texan Cultures.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip maker site.

Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fredericksburg in October, with highs in San Antonio at 87°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in San Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Corpus Christi

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Selena Museum and Fulton Mansion State Historic Site. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Skydive South Texas/ Mustang Island Skydiving and Goose Island State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corpus Christi: Rockport (Rockport Beach, Rockport Art Center, &more), Port Aransas (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Port Aransas Beach, &more) and Goliad (Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site, Goliad County Court House, &more). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Mustang Island State Park, identify plant and animal life at Texas Sealife Center, get curious at Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Padre Island Sea Wall Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Corpus Christi travel route builder.

Getting from San Antonio to Corpus Christi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. October in Corpus Christi sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum and Stillman House Museum. Escape the urban bustle at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Sea Turtle, Inc.. Get out of town with these interesting South Padre Island side-trips: Harlingen (Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, &more), Brownsville (Children’s Museum of Brownsville, 77 Flea Market, &more) and Freddy Fender Museum (in San Benito). The adventure continues: take the plunge with Skydive South Padre Island, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, and look for gifts at Seas the Day.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip planner.

Getting from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Corpus Christi in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in South Padre Island, with lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 6 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.
Head to The Bryan Museum and Murdochsfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and Galveston Railroad Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Galveston side-trips: League City (Butler Longhorn Museum & Dr. Ned & Fay Dudney Nature Center), Railean Rum Distillery (in San Leon) and Crystal Beach (in Port Bolivar). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, take a pleasant ride with S-n-G Horseback Riding, browse the different shops at Tanger Outlets Houston, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Matagorda Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Galveston vacation builder website.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Galveston when traveling from South Padre Island in October, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Houston

— 6 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.
Head to The Printing Museum and LaCenterra at Cinco Ranchfor some retail therapy. Visiting Cockrell Butterfly Center and Big Thicket National Preserve will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Dutch Windmill Museum (in Nederland), Beaumont (Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica, John Jay French House Museum, &more) and Huntsville (Oakwood Cemetery, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Menil Collection, take an in-depth tour of Rosenberg Railroad Museum, identify plant and animal life at Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary, and learn about all things military at Lone Star Flight Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.