9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas tour itinerary planner

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 1 day
Drive
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Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive
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Glen Rose
— 1 day
Drive
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Austin
— 2 nights
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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.
To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Galveston trip itinerary planning site.

New York City to Galveston is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Galveston, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Galveston is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 88°F and lows of 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

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

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 1st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and finally meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, 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.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island tour planner.

Fly from Galveston to South Padre Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, steep yourself in history at The Alamo, explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio vacation maker website.

Getting from South Padre Island to San Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in October, plan for little chillier nights in San Antonio, with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Fort Davis

— 1 day
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look and learn at McDonald Observatory, steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fort Davis travel route builder tool.

Drive from San Antonio to Fort Davis in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in October; daily highs in Fort Davis reach 77°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Childrens Museums · Nature · Parks · Museums

Glen Rose

— 1 day
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. On the 5th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and then stroll around Big Rocks Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Glen Rose road trip site.

You can drive from Fort Davis to Glen Rose in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fort Davis in October, with highs in Glen Rose at 83°F and lows at 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 · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, then steep yourself in history at The Driskill, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hamilton Pool Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin, get all the information you need at Austin Visitor Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum.

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Traveling by car from Glen Rose to Austin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Texas travel guide

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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.