8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas journey planner

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

— 1 night

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 9th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery and then admire the natural beauty at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the kids burn off some steam at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, then stroll through Water Wall, and then get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Houston travel route planner.

Boston to Houston is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Boston to Houston, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in October, with highs in Houston at 84°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Trails

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of 1892 Bishop's Palace and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Galveston sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Houston to Galveston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Galveston sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

South Padre Island

— 1 night
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 12th (Tue), trot along with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the South Padre Island road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. October in South Padre Island sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Antonio.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

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 13th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church, explore the galleries of The Alamo, then contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of King William Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, then admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, then get to know the fascinating history of Mission Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Little Church of La Villita.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Antonio trip website.

You can fly from South Padre Island to San Antonio in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in October, San Antonio is slightly colder at night with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then stroll the grounds of Texas State Cemetery, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally identify plant and animal life at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats. On the next day, admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol and then take a memorable tour with Bike and Brew ATX.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Austin, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.

Galveston Island travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Gardens · Historic Sites
It's Island Time
Packed with vacation homes strung along a coastline of white sandy beaches, Galveston Island lies just 80 km (50 mi) southeast of Houston, so it attracts not only weekend revelers from the mainland, but also international tourists. At 43 km (27 mi) long and less than 5 km (3 mi) wide, the compact island is small enough to do most of your sightseeing on foot. Much of its area (with the exception of the town of Jamaica Beach) lies within the city limits of Galveston, a busy cruise ship port. If you plan to make Galveston your base on the island, visit at least one of the city's museums before heading to the beach.