9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  7​h
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Washington DC

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), examine the collection at Lone Star Flight Museum, get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, and then look for gifts at Murdochs. On your second day here, wander the streets of The Strand, identify plant and animal life at Armand Bayou Nature Center, and then wander the streets of East End Historic District.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Galveston tour itinerary builder site .

Washington DC to Galveston is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Galveston, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, Galveston is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Armand Bayou Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Lone Star Flight Museum ©
Lone Star Flight Museum
Armand Bayou Nature Center ©
Armand Bayou Nature Center
East End Historic District ©
East End Historic District

1
night
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 5th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail.

Plan trip to South Padre Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Galveston to South Padre Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in South Padre Island are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

1
night
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at The Art Center of Corpus Christi, see the interesting displays at Selena Museum, and then kick back and relax at Whitecap Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, then stop by Winton's Candy Company, and then kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Corpus Christi trip planner .

You can drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Corpus Christi, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Aransas
Highlights from your plan
Selena Museum ©
Selena Museum
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach

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.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, see the interesting displays at San Antonio Fire Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Cave Without a Name, then contemplate the waterfront views at Comal River, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio road trip planning website .

You can drive from Corpus Christi to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 98°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Comal River, Cave Without a Name
Highlights from your plan
Cave Without a Name ©
Cave Without a Name
St Joseph Catholic Church ©
St Joseph Catholic Church
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 10th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Fort Davis National Historic Site, see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory, and then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Fort Davis online visit planner .

Getting from San Antonio to Fort Davis by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, Fort Davis is a bit cooler than San Antonio - with highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Davis

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

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