8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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8 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Boston

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., trot along with a tour on horseback, then don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island day trip planning app .

Boston to South Padre Island is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in February, expect South Padre Island to be much hotter, temps between 67°F and 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and then stroll through The San Antonio River Walk.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Antonio itinerary site .

You can drive from South Padre Island to San Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in February since evenings lows in San Antonio dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Trails
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The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral ©
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for gifts at Luckenbach Texas General Store, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards, then sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Becker Vineyards (Winery), do a tasting at William Chris Vineyards, and then admire the majestic nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fredericksburg trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fredericksburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in February, things will get slightly colder in Fredericksburg: highs are around 65°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hye, Stonewall, Luckenbach Texas General Store
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Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get some fabulous bargains at San Marcos Premium Outlets, then stop by Central Market, and then take a stroll through South Congress Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hamilton Pool Preserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Austin online travel planner .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Austin when traveling from Fredericksburg in February, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

San Marcos Premium Outlets, Hamilton Pool Preserve
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Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ©
San Marcos Premium Outlets ©
San Marcos Premium Outlets

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