54 days in Texas Itinerary

54 days in Texas Itinerary

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Houston
— 6 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 6 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 5 nights
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South Padre Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Midland/Odessa, Drive to Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park
— 5 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 7 nights
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Austin
— 7 nights
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Waco
— 3 nights
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Fort Worth
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Houston — 6 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Space Center Houston and The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Tomball Depot (in Tomball), Santa's Wonderland (in College Station) and That Escape Place (in Spring). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teo-Chew Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, and stroll around Smither Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Houston trip maker site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Houston is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Houston hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Galveston.
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 6 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Moody Gardens and Kemah Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galveston: Quintana Beach (in Quintana), League City (Nana's Attic & Helen's Garden) and Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church & Cemetery (in Lake Jackson). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, get engrossed in the history at Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, take a pleasant ride with S-n-G Horseback Riding, and find something for the whole family at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

To find out how to plan a trip to Galveston, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Corpus Christi.
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Corpus Christi — 5 nights

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Bring the kids along to Skydive South Texas/ Mustang Island Skydiving and Padre Island National Seashore. Change things up with a short trip to Port Aransas Beach in Port Aransas (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, stroll through Texas Sealife Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Texas State Aquarium, and don't miss a visit to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi trip planning tool.

Fly from Galveston to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Corpus Christi can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to South Padre Island.
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South Padre Island — 4 nights

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea Turtle, Inc. and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Padre Island: Estero Llano Grande State Park (in Weslaco) and Gladys Porter Zoo (in Brownsville). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Seas the Day, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our South Padre Island vacation maker website.

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 December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bend National Park.
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Big Bend National Park — 5 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.
When in Big Bend National Park, make a side trip to see Far Flung Outdoor Center in Terlingua, approximately Terlingua away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, trek along Ernst Tinaja Trail, examine the collection at Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit, and explore and take pictures at Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Big Bend National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from South Padre Island to Big Bend National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from South Padre Island in January, Big Bend National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.
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Fredericksburg — 3 nights

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Family-friendly places like National Museum of the Pacific War and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church will thrill your kids. Step out of Fredericksburg with an excursion to Kerrville River Trail in Kerrville--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, don't miss a visit to Main Street, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Big Bend National Park to Fredericksburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Big Bend National Park in January: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 17°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 7 nights

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Bring the kids along to The San Antonio River Walk and SeaWorld. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Antonio Zoo, and admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Antonio online trip builder.

Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in January, expect San Antonio to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.
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Austin — 7 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Bring the kids along to Texas State Capitol and Zilker Metropolitan Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Austin: Shady Oaks Gun Range (in Cedar Park) and Zip Lost Pines (in Cedar Creek). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, grab your bike and head to Barton Creek Greenbelt, admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill, and test your team's savvy at Escapology.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Austin trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Austin sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waco.
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Waco — 3 nights

Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Bring the kids along to Brazos Bluffs Ranch and Topsey Exotic Ranch & Drive Thru Safari. Explore Waco's surroundings by going to Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum (in Temple), Yettie Polk Park (in Belton) and Great Escape of Central Texas (in Killeen). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Magnolia Market Silos, snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge, have fun at H5 Tactical, and appreciate the history behind Branding the Brazos Sculpture.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Waco driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to Waco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Austin in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Waco, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Worth.
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Fort Worth — 6 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Venture out of the city with trips to Dallas (Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, The Dallas World Aquarium, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Grapevine Historic Main Street District, examine the collection at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, get to know the resident critters at Fort Worth Zoo, and get in on the family fun at Six Flags Over Texas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Worth trip builder tool.

Getting from Waco to Fort Worth by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Texas travel guide

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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.
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