8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas trip planner

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Austin
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
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Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 6th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, whizz through the canopy at Wimberley Zipline Adventures, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Inner Space Cavern, get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, and then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Austin online trip itinerary maker.

Baltimore to Austin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Baltimore to Austin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Baltimore in March, you will find days in Austin are warmer (75°F), and nights are a bit warmer (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 2 nights

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 8th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and then get to know the fascinating history of Mission Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Briscoe Western Art Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Battle For Texas: The Experience, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Antonio trip tool.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in March, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, stroll through Sea Turtle, Inc., make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and finally take the plunge with Skydive South Padre Island.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read South Padre Island trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from San Antonio to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Antonio in March, expect nights in South Padre Island to be somewhat warmer, around 62°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by East End Historic District, kick back and relax at Stewart Beach, then examine the collection at The Galveston Children's Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Galveston road trip planning app.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in March, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · 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.