9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Glen Rose
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Austin
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
4
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Glen Rose

Glen Rose ©
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): do a tasting at Bluff Dale Vineyards.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glen Rose online trip itinerary planner .

Washington DC to Glen Rose is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Glen Rose, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Glen Rose

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bluff Dale Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ©
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

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 22nd (Sun): see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden.

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Drive from Glen Rose to Fort Davis in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Glen Rose in September, things will get a bit cooler in Fort Davis: highs are around 82°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks Wildlife Childrens Museums
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McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site

1
night
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Inner Space Cavern, have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Austin, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Austin online travel route planner .

Getting from Fort Davis to Austin by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, Austin is somewhat warmer than Fort Davis - with highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inner Space Cavern
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Inner Space Cavern ©
Inner Space Cavern
Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then take in the waterfront at Queen Isabella State Fishing Pier, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Austin to South Padre Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Austin in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
On the 27th (Fri), cast your line with a fishing tour, then learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Galveston trip itinerary planning website .

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 September in Galveston, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier ©
Galveston Naval Museum ©
Galveston Naval Museum

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