9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + bus:  11​h
1
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Glen Rose
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Waco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Austin
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
5
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 10th (Tue), look and learn at McDonald Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Davis journey planner.

Los Angeles to Fort Davis is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Fort Davis is 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in Fort Davis. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Fort Davis

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

1
day
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 11th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, then see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World, and then immerse yourself in nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Glen Rose holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Fort Davis to Glen Rose takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Traveling from Fort Davis in September, expect Glen Rose to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waco.

Things to do in Glen Rose

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ©
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

2
nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
You've now added Magnolia Market at the Silos to your itinerary. On the 12th (Thu), stop by Magnolia Market at the Silos, explore the world behind art at Armstrong Browning Library and Museum, then take in the architecture and design of Baylor University, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cameron Park Zoo, and finally snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, then experience the excitement of Brazos Bluffs Stables, then examine the collection at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally examine the collection at Dr Pepper Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Waco trip planner .

Drive from Glen Rose to Waco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Waco

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

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Austin, have fun and explore at Thinkery, then get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, and finally snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip planner .

You can drive from Waco to Austin in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Austin sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Thinkery ©
Thinkery
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a leisurely stroll along Queen Isabella State Fishing Pier, look for gifts at Seas the Day, then meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., admire all the interesting features of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the South Padre Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Austin to South Padre Island in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Austin in September, plan for a bit cooler days in South Padre Island, with highs around 88°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

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