8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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8 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
3
Fredericksburg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Waco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island online road trip planner .

New York City to South Padre Island is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, South Padre Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fort Davis.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Fort Davis National Historic Site, then see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, and then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Davis road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from South Padre Island to Fort Davis takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in June since evenings lows in Fort Davis dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Fort Davis

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

1
day
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 17th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Pioneer Museum Complex, then contemplate the long history of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, then do a tasting at Becker Vineyards (Winery), and finally learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fredericksburg when traveling from Fort Davis in June, with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waco.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Becker Vineyards (Winery)
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Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main

1
night
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
On the 18th (Tue), examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cameron Park Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Waco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in June, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Moody Mansion and Bishop's Palace. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum, engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with MiArt Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Galveston visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Waco to Galveston takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Waco in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 78°F in Galveston. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Galveston Naval Museum ©
Galveston Naval Museum

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