7 days in Dallas, Austin & Galveston Itinerary

7 days in Dallas, Austin & Galveston Itinerary

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7 days in Dallas, Austin & Galveston Itinerary

Start: Dallas
1
Dallas
— 1 day
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Galveston
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
day
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 15th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grapevine Historic Main Street District, then see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and finally contemplate the long history of Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District.

Before you visit Dallas, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Dallas. Expect a daytime high around 96°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grapevine Historic Main Street District
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3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and Pioneer Museum Complex. Visit Gruene Historic District and Texas State Capitol for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Austin: Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site (in Johnson City), Fredericksburg (Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg & St. Mary's Catholic Church) and Becker Vineyards (Winery) (in Stonewall). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, view the masterpieces at Wild About Music, and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Dallas to Austin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 98°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, Gruene Historic District, Becker Vineyards (Winery), LBJ Texas White House
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Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

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nights
Galveston

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moody Mansion and Bishop's Palace. Appreciate the collections at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum and Galveston Naval Museum. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Jardin Del Mar, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Galveston Railroad Museum, and contemplate the long history of Ashton Villa.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston trip planner .

Traveling by car from Austin to Galveston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. While traveling from Austin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galveston, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum

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