8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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8 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
Fly + Bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
2
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​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: Milwaukee

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Fort Davis National Historic Site, see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, and then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Davis vacation planner .

Appleton to Fort Davis is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Appleton in January: highs in Fort Davis hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Museums Nature Childrens Museums
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McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site

1
night
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
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 8th (Wed): do a tasting at Becker Vineyards (Winery), stop by Luckenbach Texas General Store, contemplate the long history of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, then do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, and finally learn about winemaking at Narrow Path Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Pioneer Museum Complex, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, then sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, and finally learn about winemaking at Calais Winery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fredericksburg trip planning site .

Drive from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fredericksburg, with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hye, Luckenbach Texas General Store, Becker Vineyards (Winery)
Highlights from your plan
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex

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 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, steep yourself in history at The Alamo, take in the history at Mission San Jose, then take in the history at Mission Concepcion, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio day trip planner .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fredericksburg in January; daily highs in San Antonio reach 64°F and lows reach 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

1
day
South Padre Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Karen's Custom Toe Rings, then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the South Padre Island holiday maker app .

You can drive from San Antonio to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Antonio in January since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, contemplate the long history of Old City Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Lone Star Flight Museum, and finally take a stroll through The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, then view the masterpieces at MiArt Gallery, and then take a stroll through East End Historic District.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston itinerary maker .

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 January in Galveston, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

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