9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  6​h
1
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
South Padre Island
— 1 day
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 day
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Durham

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Head to Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and Bullock Texas State History Museumfor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and Barton Springs Pool. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, wander the streets of 6th Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Austin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Durham to Austin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durham to Austin. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Austin when traveling from Durham in June, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
LBJ Presidential Library ©
LBJ Presidential Library

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fredericksburg trip tool .

Traveling by car from Austin to Fredericksburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in July, with highs in Fredericksburg at 93°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of La Villita Historic Arts Village. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, then examine the collection at Spanish Governor's Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Antonio trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Fredericksburg to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in San Antonio sees daily highs of 98°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

1
day
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 5th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip planner.

Getting from San Antonio to South Padre Island by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Antonio in July, you will find days in South Padre Island are a bit cooler (88°F), and nights are about the same (78°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall and then take a stroll through The Strand.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston trip site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Galveston can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
The Seawall ©
The Seawall

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