60 days in Texas Itinerary

60 days in Texas Itinerary

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60 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Windsor
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Austin
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fredericksburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Big Bend National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Amarillo
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
South Padre Island
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
7
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Houston
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Jefferson
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
McKinney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Fort Worth
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Windsor

6
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Take a break from Austin with a short trip to Dick's Classic Garage in San Marcos, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, and take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Austin journey maker .

Windsor, Canada to Austin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Windsor to Austin is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Windsor in December, plan for much hotter days in Austin, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Dick's Classic Garage
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum

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.
San Antonio is known for shopping, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at The Alamo, hike along The San Antonio River Walk, walk around Friedrich Wilderness Park, and admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

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

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fredericksburg: Polly's Chapel (in Pipe Creek), Kerrville River Trail (in Kerrville) and The Y.O. Ranch (in Mountain Home). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, and experience rural life at Sauer-Beckmann Farm.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg road trip planning tool .

Drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in December, expect Fredericksburg to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Stonewall, Polly's Chapel, Kerrville River Trail, The Y.O. Ranch, Sister Creek Ranch
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
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.
Big Bend National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, hike along Lost Mine Trail, play a few rounds at Lajitas Zipline, and explore the stunning scenery at Tuff Canyon Trail.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Bend National Park day trip planning app .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Big Bend National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Fredericksburg in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 4°C in Big Bend National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Amarillo.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

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

4
nights
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amarillo: Armstrong County Museum (in Claude), Canyon (Palo Duro Canyon State Park & Lighthouse Trail) and Goodnight (The Charles Goodnight Historical Center & Buffalo Gold/Herd Wear Retail Store). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cadillac Ranch, take an in-depth tour of Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, admire the striking features of The Citadelle Mansion, and contemplate the long history of Shamrock Water Tower.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Amarillo trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to Amarillo in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in January, expect Amarillo to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Canyon, Shamrock, Goodnight, Armstrong County Museum, The Citadelle Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West ©
Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West
Cadillac Ranch ©
Cadillac Ranch
Palo Duro Canyon State Park ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting South Padre Island side-trips: McAllen Public Library (in McAllen), Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum (in Harlingen) and Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle (in San Juan). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip planning app .

Getting from Amarillo to South Padre Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Amarillo in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle, Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, McAllen Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
McAllen Public Library ©
McAllen Public Library

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galveston: Helen's Garden (in League City), Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah) and Railean Rum Distillery (in San Leon). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, examine the collection at Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, make a trip to Tree Sculptures, and admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Galveston trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Galveston sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Railean Rum Distillery, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, Texas City Museum, Kemah Boardwalk, Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church & Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens
The Strand ©
The Strand

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.
Houston is known for museums, nightlife, childrens museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, test your team's savvy at Escape Hunt, and identify plant and animal life at Houston Audubon.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Houston travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Houston, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jefferson.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt

5
nights
Jefferson

Jefferson ©
Jefferson is a historic city in Marion County in northeastern Texas, United States. Explore Jefferson's surroundings by going to Veterans Plaza and Vietnam Wall Replica (in Longview), Carthage (Footprints in the Sand Monument & Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & the Tex Ritter Museum) and Nacogdoches (The Blueberry Place, SFA Mast Arboretum, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Grove, see the interesting displays at Old Fire Station Museum, make a trip to Jefferson Ordnance Magazine, and immerse yourself in nature at Daingerfield State Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jefferson online tour planner .

You can drive from Houston to Jefferson in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in January, with highs in Jefferson at 15°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to McKinney.

Things to do in Jefferson

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nacogdoches, Carthage, Old Fire Station Museum, Daingerfield State Park, Veterans Plaza and Vietnam Wall Replica
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Judy B. McDonald Public Library ©
Judy B. McDonald Public Library
Daingerfield State Park ©
Daingerfield State Park

5
nights
McKinney

McKinney ©
McKinney is a city in and the county seat of Collin County, Texas, and the second in population to Plano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around McKinney: Extreme Sandbox - North Texas (in Pottsboro), W Walworth Harrison Library (in Greenville) and North Texas Lake Charters (in Denton). There's lots more to do: get your game on at iFLY Dallas, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, ponder the world of politics at Hopkins County Courthouse, and learn about winemaking at Caudalie Crest Winery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our McKinney road trip app .

You can drive from Jefferson to McKinney in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in McKinney are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort Worth.

Things to do in McKinney

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Sulphur Springs, Frisco, North Texas Lake Charters, W Walworth Harrison Library, Celebration Park
Highlights from your plan
Extreme Sandbox - North Texas ©
Extreme Sandbox - North Texas
iFLY Dallas ©
iFLY Dallas
Hopkins County Courthouse ©
Hopkins County Courthouse

8
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Worth: The Escape Game Dallas (in Grapevine), Waco (H5 Tactical, Magnolia Market Silos, & more) and Dallas (Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, explore the world behind art at Kimbell Art Museum, examine the collection at Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery, and don't miss a visit to 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Worth trip planner .

Traveling by car from McKinney to Fort Worth takes an hour. In February, daytime highs in Fort Worth are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dallas, Grapevine, Waco, Top O'Hill Terrace
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©

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