9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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9 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 15​min
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Fort Davis
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Tyler
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

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 17th (Fri), stop by Kite's and Flagpoles Unlimited. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at Galveston Naval Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at MiArt Gallery, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Galveston online trip planner .

Cincinnati to Galveston is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in January, things will get much hotter in Galveston: highs are around 61°F and lows about 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Galveston Naval Museum ©
Galveston Naval Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion

1
night
South Padre Island

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 20th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then identify plant and animal life at Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: stop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

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

1
day
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 22nd (Wed), explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at San Antonio Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from South Padre Island to San Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from South Padre Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Antonio, with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in San Antonio

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
San Antonio Museum of Art ©
San Antonio Museum of Art
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look and learn at McDonald Observatory, then immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Davis National Historic Site.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Davis trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Fort Davis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Antonio in January, with highs in Fort Davis at 57°F and lows at 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tyler.

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

1
night
Tyler

Tyler ©
Tyler is a city located in central Smith County, Texas, United States. On the 24th (Fri), stroll through Caldwell Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of Chandler Museum & Visitors Center, then identify plant and animal life at Black Beauty Ranch, and finally stop by Potter's Gourmet Popcorn. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at American Freedom Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tyler itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Fort Davis to Tyler in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in January, Tyler is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tyler

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Black Beauty Ranch, American Freedom Museum, Potter's Gourmet Popcorn, Chandler Museum & Visitors Center, East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park ©
Caldwell Zoo ©
Caldwell Zoo
American Freedom Museum ©
American Freedom Museum

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