7 days in Texas Itinerary

7 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas tour planner

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San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Drive

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San Antonio

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): make a trip to Main Plaza, then take in the history at Mission Concepcion, then contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at San Antonio Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Antonio trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Antonio. In December, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums

Fredericksburg

— 1 night

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pioneer Museum, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, then do a tasting at Narrow Path Winery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg trip builder tool.

Getting from San Antonio to Fredericksburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in December; daily highs in Fredericksburg reach 60°F and lows reach 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, see the interesting displays at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and finally stop by Murdochs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, then steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, and then make a trip to Tree Sculptures.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Galveston online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Galveston in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Galveston when traveling from Fredericksburg in December, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

South Padre Island

— 2 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island road trip tool.

You can fly from Galveston to South Padre Island in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Texas travel guide

4.2
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.