9 days in Texas Itinerary

9 days in Texas Itinerary

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Drive
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
Fly
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Midland/Odessa, Drive to Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort Davis
— 1 night
Drive
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive

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Galveston, Galveston Island

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, get engrossed in the history at Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and then race across the water with Galveston Water Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and then make a trip to Tree Sculptures.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston day trip planning tool.

Houston to Galveston is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

South Padre Island

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our South Padre Island online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Galveston to South Padre Island in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in South Padre Island are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Bend National Park

— 2 nights
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
On the 20th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive and then take in breathtaking views at Santa Elena Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains and then hike along The Window Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Bend National Park day trip planner.

Getting from South Padre Island to Big Bend National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in October since evenings lows in Big Bend National Park dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Fort Davis

— 1 night
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park and then steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fort Davis road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Big Bend National Park in October: high temperatures in Fort Davis hover around 77°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

San Antonio

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): Head underground at Cascade Caverns, then see a world frozen in time at Gruene Historic District, and then admire the natural beauty at San Antonio Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, then steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum, then take in the history at Mission Concepcion, and finally don't miss a visit to Main Plaza.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fort Davis to San Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Fort Davis in October, things will get a bit warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 87°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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.