9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids
Fly:  3​h
1
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Glen Rose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Waco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Houston

1
night
Houston

Houston ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Holocaust Museum Houston, Water Wall and The Galleria. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): enjoy a live performance at The Galleria, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum Houston, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo, and finally explore and take pictures at Minute Maid Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston trip maker site .

Grand Rapids to Houston is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Rapids to Houston is minus 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Rapids in April, with highs in Houston at 79°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Holocaust Museum Houston ©
Holocaust Museum Houston
Water Wall ©
Water Wall

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mission Trail, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Alamo, pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, take in the history at Mission San Jose, admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally get around town with Rio San Antonio Cruises. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Mission Trail, trek along San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, and finally make a trip to Jacob's Well Natural Area.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio driving holiday planner .

Getting from Houston to San Antonio by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Jacob's Well Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pedernales Falls State Park, Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill, contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool, then enjoy some diversion at Zilker Playground, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Pedernales Falls State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Hamilton Pool Preserve, and then admire all the interesting features of Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Austin sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamilton Pool Preserve, Topsey Exotic Ranch & Drive Thru Safari, Pedernales Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Pedernales Falls State Park ©
Pedernales Falls State Park
Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve

few
hours
Glen Rose

Glen Rose ©
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fossil Rim Wildlife Center as well as Dinosaur Valley State Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Glen Rose tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Austin to Glen Rose in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Glen Rose sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Glen Rose

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ©
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

1
night
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waco Mammoth National Monument, Spice Village, The Findery, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at Waco River Safari.

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Traveling by car from Glen Rose to Waco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Waco are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in Waco

Tours Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Waco River Safari ©
Waco River Safari
Waco Mammoth National Monument ©
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Waco Suspension Bridge ©
Waco Suspension Bridge

2
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes BayWatch Dolphin Tours, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Moody Mansion. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): wander the streets of East End Historic District, wander the streets of The Strand, steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, examine the collection at Texas Seaport Museum, then get up close to creatures of the deep with BayWatch Dolphin Tours, and finally steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Galveston tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Waco to Galveston in 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 May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Galveston, with lows of 71°F. You will leave for home on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion

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