60 days in Texas Itinerary

60 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas route builder

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

— 5 nights

Where the West Begins

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 Top O'Hill Terrace and Fort Worth Botanic Garden. You'll explore and learn at Texas Civil War Museum and Kimbell Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (in Glen Rose), Your Private Collection Art Gallery (in Granbury) and Dallas (The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, &more). Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Grapevine Historic Main Street District, examine the collection at Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery, contemplate the long history of The Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, and admire the majestic nature at Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Worth online visit planner.

Knoxville to Fort Worth is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, Fort Worth is a bit warmer than Knoxville - with highs of 57°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Waco

— 4 nights
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Waco Mammoth National Monument and Mayborn Museum Complex. Take a break from the city and head to Fort Parker State Park and Carleen Bright Arboretum. Change things up with these side-trips from Waco: Mother Neff State Park (in Moody) and Messina Hof Winery (in Bryan). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, look for gifts at Spice Village, get engrossed in the history at Historic Waco Foundation, and take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Waco trip planner.

Drive from Fort Worth to Waco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In January in Waco, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Austin

— 6 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

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. Get outdoors at Inner Space Cavern and Hamilton Pool Preserve. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Palmetto State Park (in Gonzales) and Jacob's Well Natural Area (in Wimberley). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Texas State Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park, admire the masterpieces at The Blanton Museum of Art, and take a stroll through SoCo District.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Austin trip planner.

You can drive from Waco to Austin in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Waco in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 41°F in Austin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 6 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
You'll explore and learn at The Alamo and San Antonio Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at King William Historic District and Mission Concepcion. Venture out of the city with trips to New Braunfels (Gruene Historic District & Barn Pottery). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, make a trip to Institute of Texan Cultures, and take an in-depth tour of Battle For Texas: The Experience.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip 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 January in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Fredericksburg

— 6 nights

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pioneer Museum and National Museum of the Pacific War. Step off the beaten path and head to Grape Creek Vineyards on Main and LBJ Texas White House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fredericksburg: Longhorn Cavern State Park (in Burnet), Blanco State Park (in Blanco) and Pedernales Falls State Park (in Johnson City). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, and do a tasting at Becker Vineyards (Winery).

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fredericksburg road trip app.

Drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in January, expect Fredericksburg to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Davis

— 2 nights
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 29th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and then hike along Madera Canyon Hiking Trail. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, then immerse yourself in nature at Balmorhea State Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Calera Chapel.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fort Davis online route maker.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Fort Davis in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fort Davis when traveling from Fredericksburg in January, with lows around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Big Bend National Park

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Santa Elena Canyon and Lost Mine Trail. Explore hidden gems such as The Window Trail and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Go for a jaunt from Big Bend National Park to Terlingua to see Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, trek along Closed Canyon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ernst Tinaja Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Boquillas Canyon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park route planner.

You can drive from Fort Davis to Big Bend National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Davis in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Big Bend National Park: highs are around 63°F and lows about 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

South Padre Island

— 3 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Escape the urban bustle at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Isla Blanca Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum in Harlingen (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Madre Nature Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island visit app.

Getting from Big Bend National Park to South Padre Island by combination of car and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Big Bend National Park in February: highs in South Padre Island hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Corpus Christi

— 5 nights

Texas Riviera

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 Goose Island State Park and Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and Texas Maritime Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corpus Christi: Port Aransas (Roberts Point Park, Port Aransas Beach, &more) and Rockport Beach (in Rockport). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion, and identify plant and animal life at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Corpus Christi route planner.

Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Corpus Christi: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 9 nights

The Oleander City

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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and East Beach. Relax by the water at Matagorda Beach and Galveston Pocket Park 2. Explore Galveston's surroundings by going to Quintana Beach (in Quintana) and Brazosport Museum of Natural Science (in Clute). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, browse the exhibits of Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, take an in-depth tour of Moody Mansion, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Jardin Del Mar.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Galveston trip maker website.

You can fly from Corpus Christi to Galveston in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Corpus Christi, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galveston, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Houston

— 7 nights

Bayou City

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 historical perspective at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site and Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Holocaust Museum Houston and Blue Bell Creameries. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Beaumont (Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum & McFaddin-Ward House Museum), Battleship Texas State Historic Site (in La Porte) and George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (in College Station). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Houston Museum District, explore the world behind art at The Menil Collection, immerse yourself in nature at Huntsville State Park, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Funeral History.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Houston trip planner.

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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.