9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Glen Rose
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
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New York City to Galveston is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Galveston due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Galveston at 88°F and lows at 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

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.
On the 1st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, then admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

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Getting from South Padre Island to San Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Antonio when traveling from South Padre Island in October, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look and learn at McDonald Observatory, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fort Davis travel route planner.

Drive from San Antonio to Fort Davis in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in October, things will get a bit cooler in Fort Davis: highs are around 77°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory

1
day
Glen Rose

Glen Rose ©
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and then stroll around Big Rocks Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glen Rose journey planner .

Getting from Fort Davis to Glen Rose by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In October, Glen Rose is a bit warmer than Fort Davis - with highs of 83°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Glen Rose

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

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 6th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol, admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill, and then identify plant and animal life at Hamilton Pool Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin, stop by Austin Visitor Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glen Rose to Austin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Austin are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hamilton Pool Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol

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