9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 day
Drive:  11​h 45​min
3
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
4
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  16​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

1
night
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.
Rum Shack has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery and then join in the after-dark buzz at Rum Shack.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Galveston trip builder .

Des Moines to Galveston is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Des Moines in March, things will get warmer in Galveston: highs are around 71°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Old City Cemetery ©
Old City Cemetery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Davis.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

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 24th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Fort Davis National Historic Site.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fort Davis trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from South Padre Island to Fort Davis in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from South Padre Island in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Fort Davis, with lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fredericksburg.

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 ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Der Daiwel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pioneer Museum Complex and Willow City Loop. Appreciate the collections at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and National Museum of the Pacific War. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fredericksburg online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fredericksburg, with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stonewall, Garrison Brothers Distillery, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden
Highlights from your plan
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex

1
night
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 28th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District and then contemplate the long history of The Alamo.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Antonio itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Antonio, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

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