9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Hobbs, Drive to Fort Davis
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Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive
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Stonewall
— 1 day
Drive
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Waco
— 1 night
Drive
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
Fly

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South Padre Island

— 2 nights
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 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, then make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island online trip itinerary builder.

New York City to South Padre Island is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in South Padre Island at 88°F and lows at 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Fort Davis.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Fort Davis

— 1 day
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fort Davis National Historic Site, then look and learn at McDonald Observatory, and then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fort Davis journey maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from South Padre Island to Fort Davis takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Fort Davis, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Stonewall.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks

Stonewall

— 1 day
Stonewall is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Gillespie County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, do a tasting at William Chris Vineyards, then do a tasting at Becker Vineyards (Winery), and finally look for gifts at Luckenbach Texas General Store.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Stonewall online trip builder.

You can drive from Fort Davis to Stonewall in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Davis in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Stonewall, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Waco.

Things to do in Stonewall

Wineries · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waco

— 1 night
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, stop by Spice Village, then snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Waco Mammoth National Monument.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Waco trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Stonewall to Waco takes 3 hours. October in Waco sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Shopping

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Moody Mansion and Tree Sculptures. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Murdochs and The Strand. Step out of Galveston to go to Kemah and see Kemah Boardwalk, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Galveston trip planning tool.

Getting from Waco to Galveston by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Waco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Galveston, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.