9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Waco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Cleveland

1
night
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): examine the collection at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cameron Park Zoo, and then examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge, get curious at Mayborn Museum Complex, then examine the collection at Dr Pepper Museum, and finally stop by Magnolia Market at the Silos.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Waco tour itinerary planning tool .

Cleveland to Waco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cleveland to Waco. Traveling from Cleveland in August, expect Waco to be a bit warmer, temps between 96°F and 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo
Mayborn Museum Complex ©
Mayborn Museum Complex

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 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Alamo, find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and then steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waco to San Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 98°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Theme Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Six Flags Fiesta Texas ©
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

2
nights
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 9th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Kemah Boardwalk and then admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through The Strand, then steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, then take a leisurely stroll along Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Galveston online holiday planner .

You can drive from San Antonio to Galveston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in August, you will find days in Galveston are slightly colder (90°F), and nights are about the same (80°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Kemah Boardwalk ©
Kemah Boardwalk
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens

3
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Houston Zoo, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Minute Maid Park, then engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then don't miss a visit to Water Wall.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston trip builder site .

Drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Houston sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 77°F at night. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center

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