9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Drive:  11​h 45​min
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Dallas
— Few hours
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
3
Fredericksburg
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Austin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Port Aransas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
8
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 day
Drive:  16​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

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Dallas

Dallas
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dallas trip app .

Des Moines to Dallas is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Des Moines in March: highs in Dallas hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 50°F. You will leave for Fort Davis on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Dallas

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games

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day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then identify plant and animal life at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Davis online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and car from Dallas to Fort Davis in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Dallas in March, Fort Davis is slightly colder at night with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site

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day
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 23rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, admire the majestic nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, then learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, and finally do a tasting at Alexander Vineyards.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fredericksburg when traveling from Fort Davis in March, with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 24th (Tue), wander the streets of South Congress Avenue, then admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Blanton Museum of Art, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Austin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fredericksburg in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Austin, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ©
South Congress Avenue ©
South Congress Avenue

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally contemplate the long history of The Alamo.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip site .

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. March in San Antonio sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Aransas.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission Concepcion ©
Mission Concepcion
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

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night
Port Aransas

Port Aransas ©
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Port Aransas Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Port Aransas Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Aransas trip maker website .

You can drive from San Antonio to Port Aransas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Antonio in March, expect nights in Port Aransas to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Port Aransas Museum ©
Port Aransas Museum

1
night
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 27th (Fri), meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Aransas to South Padre Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in South Padre Island can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
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 28th (Sat): wander the streets of The Strand, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Galveston online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Galveston are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Old City Cemetery ©
Old City Cemetery

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