8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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8 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
South Padre Island
— 1 day
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, nightlife, fun & games, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, admire all the interesting features of University of Texas at Austin, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mount Bonnell.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Austin trip builder site .

Fort Lauderdale to Austin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Austin when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats ©
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the history at Mission Concepcion, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally steep yourself in history at The Alamo.

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Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Trails Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 10th (Fri), look and learn at McDonald Observatory, admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Fort Davis National Historic Site.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fort Davis online trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fort Davis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in May; daily highs in Fort Davis reach 82°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Nature Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read South Padre Island road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Fort Davis to South Padre Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Fort Davis in May since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.

1
night
Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
On the 12th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Tree Sculptures, then see the interesting displays at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, and finally admire all the interesting features of 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Moody Mansion and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Galveston holiday maker site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Galveston are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA ©
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

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