8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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— 2 nights
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights


Austin — 2 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Visiting Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pedernales Falls State Park and Longhorn Cavern State Park. Take a break from Austin with a short trip to Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, take a stroll through South Congress Avenue, and gain insight at University of Texas at Austin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip app.

Newark to Austin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Austin. Traveling from Newark in May, expect Austin to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to South Padre Island.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then stroll through South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

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Fly from Austin to South Padre Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Austin in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 71°F in South Padre Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Galveston.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Galveston, Galveston Island — 3 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like East End Historic District and Moody Mansion. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the long history of 1892 Bishop's Palace, get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and make a trip to Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Galveston journey planning site.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Galveston sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Texas travel guide

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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.