53 days in Texas Itinerary

53 days in Texas Itinerary

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53 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h
1
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brownsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Houston
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Jefferson
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Fort Worth
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Amarillo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Lubbock
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h
9
Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
10
Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
San Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Austin
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and then stop by Seas the Day.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island online trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to South Padre Island is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to South Padre Island. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get a bit warmer in South Padre Island: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brownsville.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Brownsville

Brownsville ©
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. Get some historical perspective at Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum and Quinta Mazatlan. Venture out of the city with trips to Valley Nature Center (in Weslaco), Mission (Mission Hike & Bike Trails & La Lomita Mission) and Edinburg Scenic Wetlands (in Edinburg). There's still lots to do: trek along Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Brownsville driving holiday planner.

You can drive from South Padre Island to Brownsville in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Brownsville

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mission, Quinta Mazatlan, Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Valley Nature Center ©
Valley Nature Center

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Padre Island National Seashore and Port Aransas Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate USS Lexington Museum on the Bay and Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corpus Christi: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Port Aransas), Rockport (Fulton Mansion State Historic Site & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Goliad (Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site, Presidio La Bahia, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and tour the pleasant surroundings at Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Corpus Christi tour planner .

You can drive from Brownsville to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Goliad, Port Aransas, Rockport
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

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Space Center Houston and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Visiting Big Thicket National Preserve and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge will get you outdoors. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to La Porte (Juan Seguin Historic Park & San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site), Washington-on-the-Brazos (in Washington) and Texas Wolfdog Project (in Montgomery). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Hunt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lakewood Church, and examine the collection at Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Corpus Christi to Houston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Houston are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jefferson.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Porte, Big Thicket National Preserve, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum, Washington-on-the-Brazos
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Glenwood Cemetery ©
Glenwood Cemetery
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

4
nights
Jefferson

Jefferson ©
Jefferson is a historic city in Marion County in northeastern Texas, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Grove and Scottsville Cemetery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mission Dolores State Historic Site and Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & the Tex Ritter Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jefferson: Paul Boorman Trail (in Longview), Sterne Hoya House Museum (in Nacogdoches) and Footprints in the Sand Monument (in Carthage). There's more to do: examine the collection at Old Fire Station Museum and steep yourself in history at The House of the Seasons.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jefferson attractions planner.

You can drive from Houston to Jefferson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Houston in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Jefferson, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Jefferson

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

Carthage, Old Fire Station Museum, Paul Boorman Trail, Mission Dolores State Historic Site, Sterne Hoya House Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Mission Dolores State Historic Site ©

5
nights
Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Top O'Hill Terrace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Kimbell Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Grapevine (The Escape Game Dallas & Milican Blacksmiths Shop), A. W. Perry Homestead (in Carrollton) and Plano (St. Andrew United Methodist Church & Arbor Hills Nature Preserve). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Blue Ostrich Winery, contemplate the long history of Log Cabin Village, see the interesting displays at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and get your game on at Extreme Sandbox - North Texas.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Worth trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Jefferson to Fort Worth in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Fort Worth are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Amarillo.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Plano, Grapevine, Circle N Dairy, Shannon Brewing Company, Top O'Hill Terrace
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza ©

3
nights
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Get some cultural insight at Palo Duro Canyon State Park and The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amarillo: Goodnight (Buffalo Gold/Herd Wear Retail Store & The Charles Goodnight Historical Center), Square House Museum (in Panhandle) and Lighthouse Trail (in Canyon). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, don't miss a visit to Texas Panhandle War Memorial, get a taste of life in the country at Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West, and see the interesting displays at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Amarillo trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Fort Worth to Amarillo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Worth in August, things will get slightly colder in Amarillo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lubbock.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Canyon, Goodnight, Square House Museum, The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Highlights from your plan
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ ©

4
nights
Lubbock

Lubbock ©
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Caprock Canyons State Park and Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge. Your inner history buff will appreciate National Ranching Heritage Center and Buddy Holly Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame. Change things up with these side-trips from Lubbock: Museum of the Llano Estacado (in Plainview) and Post (OS Ranch Foundation Museum, Ruby Lane Books & Gallery, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Silent Wings Museum, learn about winemaking at LLANO ESTACADO WINERY, INC., and pause for some photo ops at Lubbock Veterans Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lubbock road trip app .

Traveling by car from Amarillo to Lubbock takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Lubbock sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Lubbock

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Post, Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, Museum of the Llano Estacado, Caprock Canyons State Park
Highlights from your plan
National Ranching Heritage Center ©
National Ranching Heritage Center
Silent Wings Museum ©
Silent Wings Museum
Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge ©

3
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Chisos Mountains and Lost Mine Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Santa Elena Canyon, see the interesting displays at Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit, trek along Ernst Tinaja Trail, and play a few rounds at Lajitas Zipline.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Big Bend National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Lubbock to Big Bend National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lubbock in August since evenings lows in Big Bend National Park dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grape Creek Vineyards on Main and Lost Draw Cellars. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Mary's Catholic Church and Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site. Explore Fredericksburg's surroundings by going to Kerrville River Trail (in Kerrville), Burnet (Longhorn Cavern State Park & Inks Lake State Park) and The Y.O. Ranch (in Mountain Home). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, don't miss a visit to Charles Beckendorf Gallery, learn about winemaking at Narrow Path Winery, and view the masterpieces at Agave Gallery Fine Art.

Make your Fredericksburg itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Big Bend National Park to Fredericksburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Fredericksburg can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Burnet, Kerrville, The Y.O. Ranch, Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
The Y.O. Ranch ©
The Y.O. Ranch

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.
Step out of the city life by going to The San Antonio River Walk and Natural Bridge Caverns. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Alamo and Mission Concepcion. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Antonio, get to know the fascinating history of King William Historic District, and wander the streets of Southtown.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio day trip app .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in August, San Antonio is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

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

6
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Visit Texas State Capitol and St. Mary's Cathedral for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. When in Austin, make a side trip to see Dick's Classic Garage in San Marcos, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, get your game on at The Escape Game Austin, admire the majestic nature at McKinney Falls State Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mount Bonnell.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Austin trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Austin are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Dick's Classic Garage
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum

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