7 days in Texas Itinerary

7 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas holiday planner

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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Austin
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kemah Boardwalk and Moody Mansion. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and Tree Sculptures. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of 1892 Bishop's Palace, and engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Galveston road trip planning app.

Los Angeles to Galveston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Galveston, with lows of 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island

— 1 night
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 15th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then stroll through South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island journey maker tool.

Getting from Galveston to South Padre Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): gain insight at University of Texas at Austin, then admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol, then trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Inner Space Cavern, then take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, then contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool, and finally take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Austin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 71°F in Austin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, browse the exhibits of The Alamo, then make a trip to Main Plaza, then find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and finally let little ones run wild at Brackenridge Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Antonio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Theme Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games · Parks

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.