6 days in Texas Itinerary

6 days in Texas Itinerary

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6 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  6​h
1
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
3
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): browse the exhibits of The Alamo. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip planning site .

Philadelphia to San Antonio is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to San Antonio due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in September, with highs in San Antonio at 94°F and lows at 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, Gruene Historic District, Texas State Capitol, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sea views from Port Isabel Lighthouse.

To find out how to plan a trip to South Padre Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Antonio to South Padre Island by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Antonio in September, expect nights in South Padre Island to be a bit warmer, around 79°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 88°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Port Isabel Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Port Isabel Lighthouse ©
Port Isabel Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Moody Mansion, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, and finally stop by Murdochs. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum and then examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. September in Galveston sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galveston Naval Museum ©
Galveston Naval Museum

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