9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas route planner

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Austin
— 3 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 1 day
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 day
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Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 6th Street and Bullock Texas State History Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Texas State Capitol and St. Mary's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Austin day trip planning app.

Durham to Austin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durham to Austin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Austin, with lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Fredericksburg

— 1 night

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of the Pacific War, learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and finally do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg trip planner.

You can drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in July: high temperatures in Fredericksburg hover around 93°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites

San Antonio

— 2 nights

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Alamo, then get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally get to know the fascinating history of La Villita Historic Arts Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, then see the interesting displays at Spanish Governor's Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Antonio online road trip planner.

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) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

South Padre Island

— 1 day
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to South Padre Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from San Antonio in July, plan for little chillier days in South Padre Island, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strand.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Galveston visit planner.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. 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) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.