9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas itinerary planner

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 1 day
Fly to Hobbs, Drive to Fort Davis
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Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive
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San Antonio
— 1 day
Drive
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Austin
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island

— 3 nights

The Oleander City

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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moody Mansion and Galveston Railroad Museum. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, take a stroll through East End Historic District, browse the exhibits of 1892 Bishop's Palace, and stop by Murdochs.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Galveston journey builder.

New York City to Galveston is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Galveston, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Galveston, with lows of 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

South Padre Island

— 1 day
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 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

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Traveling by flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in South Padre Island sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fort Davis.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Fort Davis

— 1 day
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, then see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, and then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Davis road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from South Padre Island to Fort Davis takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in July since evenings lows in Fort Davis dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Nature

San Antonio

— 1 day

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 1st (Thu), shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, steep yourself in history at The Alamo, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, then admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip builder site.

Getting from Fort Davis to San Antonio by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Fort Davis in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 98°F and lows about 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): Head underground at Inner Space Cavern, take some stellar pictures from Mount Bonnell, and then identify plant and animal life at Hamilton Pool Preserve. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Austin are 98°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.