57 days in Texas Itinerary

57 days in Texas Itinerary

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Fly to El Paso, Drive to Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fort Davis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fredericksburg
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Antonio
— 7 nights
Drive
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Goliad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rockport
— 2 nights
Drive to Aransas Pass, TX, Ferry to Port Aransas
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Port Aransas
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Padre Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Houston
— 6 nights
Drive
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College Station
— 5 nights
Drive
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Austin
— 6 nights
Drive
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Waco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Glen Rose
— 1 night
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Window Trail and Lost Mine Trail. Get in touch with nature at Chisos Mountains and Boquillas Canyon. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at The Balanced Rock, take in breathtaking views at Santa Elena Canyon, cruise along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and hike along Tuff Canyon Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Big Bend National Park trip itinerary tool.

Los Angeles to Big Bend National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect little chillier with lows of 46°F in Big Bend National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Fort Davis — 2 nights

Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park and then steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Balmorhea State Park and then hike along Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Davis trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in February, things will get slightly colder in Fort Davis: highs are around 66°F and lows about 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip

Fredericksburg — 5 nights

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kerrville River Trail and Inks Lake State Park. Let the collections at The Museum of Western Art and Pioneer Museum capture your imagination. Explore Fredericksburg's surroundings by going to Old Blanco County Courthouse (in Blanco), South Llano River State Park (in Junction) and Longhorn Cavern State Park (in Burnet). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, look for gifts at The Tinsmith's Wife, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War.

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Traveling by car from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in February, Fredericksburg is a bit warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mission Concepcion and Briscoe Western Art Museum. Appreciate the collections at The Alamo and Institute of Texan Cultures. Take a break from San Antonio with a short trip to Gruene Historic District in New Braunfels, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Mission Trail, get engrossed in the history at The Guenther House Museum, take in the history at Mission Espada, and shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our San Antonio online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Antonio, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Goliad.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip

Goliad — 2 nights

Goliad is a city in Goliad County, Texas, United States. On the 7th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site and then steep yourself in history at Presidio La Bahia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Loreto Chapel and then stroll through Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Goliad day trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Goliad takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Goliad can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rockport.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Rockport — 2 nights

Rockport is a city in Aransas County, Texas, United States. On the 9th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Goose Island State Park and then steep yourself in history at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site. On your second day here, learn about all things military at Texas Maritime Museum and then walk around Rockport Beach.

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Getting from Goliad to Rockport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Goliad in March, Rockport is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Aransas.
Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Port Aransas — 2 nights

Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. On the 11th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then stroll through Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, and then take in the waterfront activity at Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Aransas travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Rockport to Port Aransas in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rockport in March, you will find days in Port Aransas are little chillier (69°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to South Padre Island.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Popular historic sites such as Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park and Port Isabel Lighthouse are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Explore South Padre Island's surroundings by going to Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum (in Harlingen) and Quinta Mazatlan (in McAllen). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, cast your line with a fishing tour, stroll through Sea Turtle, Inc., and don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read South Padre Island vacation planner.

You can drive from Port Aransas to South Padre Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. March in South Padre Island sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Galveston.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island — 5 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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Quintana Beach will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Galveston Naval Museum and 1892 Bishop's Palace. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Moody Mansion, examine the collection at Galveston Railroad Museum, get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galveston online tour itinerary builder.

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. March in Galveston sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Houston.
Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trip

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.
Get in touch with nature at Brazos Bend State Park and Water Wall. Appreciate the collections at The Menil Collection and National Museum of Funeral History. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: George Ranch Historical Park (in Richmond), La Porte (San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site & Battleship Texas State Historic Site) and Beaumont (Gator Country & Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum). The adventure continues: get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, walk around Buffalo Bayou Park, see the interesting displays at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and have fun and explore at Children's Museum Houston.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston attractions planner.

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to College Station.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature
Side Trips

College Station — 5 nights

College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, situated in East-Central Texas in the heart of the Brazos Valley, in the center of the region known as Texas Triangle. Discover out-of-the-way places like George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Texas Prison Museum. Blue Bell Creameries and H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around College Station: Huntsville State Park (in Huntsville), Liendo Plantation (in Hempstead) and Washington (Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site & Barrington Living History Farm). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Bonfire Memorial.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our College Station trip planner.

You can drive from Houston to College Station in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Houston in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in College Station, with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Austin.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Austin — 6 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Texas State Capitol and The Driskill. Step off the beaten path and head to Bike and Brew ATX and Texas Military Forces Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Austin: Hamilton Pool Preserve (in Dripping Springs) and Jacob's Well Natural Area (in Wimberley). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Texas State Cemetery, explore the fascinating underground world of Inner Space Cavern, get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, and shop like a local with Harry Ransom Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin trip itinerary builder.

Drive from College Station to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in April, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Waco.
Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Waco — 4 nights

Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waco Mammoth National Monument and Mayborn Museum Complex. Museum-lovers will appreciate Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and Dr Pepper Museum. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cameron Park Zoo, look for gifts at Spice Village, snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge, and walk around Cameron Park.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waco travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to Waco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Austin in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Waco, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Glen Rose.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Glen Rose — 1 night

Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. On the 12th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Glen Rose trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waco to Glen Rose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Glen Rose can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.