27 days in Texas Itinerary

27 days in Texas Itinerary

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Houston
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Lubbock
— 2 nights
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Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
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Fort Davis
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 4 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
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College Station
— 2 nights
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Glen Rose
— 1 night
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Dallas
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Houston — 2 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Children's Museum Houston and Cockrell Butterfly Center. Explore hidden gems such as Brazos Bend State Park and The Menil Collection. Go for a jaunt from Houston to The Woodlands to see Room Escape Games about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Houston planning website.

Seoul, South Korea to Houston is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Seoul to Houston due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seoul in January, expect Houston to be much hotter, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galveston.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moody Mansion and East End Historic District. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, examine the collection at Galveston Railroad Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Galveston Naval Museum, and don't miss a visit to Old City Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Galveston trip planning site.

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Galveston can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to South Padre Island.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Madre Nature Trail. On the next day, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then visit a coastal fixture at Port Isabel Lighthouse, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Gladys Porter Zoo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the South Padre Island day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in South Padre Island can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lubbock.
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Lubbock — 2 nights

Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Buddy Holly Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Science Spectrum Museum, then appreciate the history behind Lubbock Veterans Memorial, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Prairie Dog Town. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at The Rawls Course, then steep yourself in history at National Ranching Heritage Center, then see the interesting displays at American Wind Power Center, and finally see the interesting displays at The Buddy Holly Center.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lubbock trip builder site.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Lubbock in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Lubbock, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Big Bend National Park.
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Big Bend National Park — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Elena Canyon and The Balanced Rock. Step out of the city life by going to The Window Trail and Lost Mine Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, stroll through Cattail Falls Trail, trek along S Rim Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Tuff Canyon Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Big Bend National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Lubbock to Big Bend National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Lubbock in January, things will get a bit warmer in Big Bend National Park: highs are around 20°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Davis.
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Fort Davis — 1 night

Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Fort Davis National Historic Site, then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park, and finally see the sky in a new way at McDonald Observatory.

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Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis takes 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Big Bend National Park in January; daily highs in Fort Davis reach 16°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cave Without a Name and Lost Maples State Natural Area. Explore hidden gems such as Cascade Caverns and Mission Concepcion. Get out of town with these interesting San Antonio side-trips: Gruene Historic District (in New Braunfels), Garner State Park (in Concan) and Fredericksburg (St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pioneer Museum, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at San Antonio Museum of Art, go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk, steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, and take an in-depth tour of Briscoe Western Art Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Davis to San Antonio takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, San Antonio is a bit warmer than Fort Davis - with highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Austin.
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Austin — 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like SoCo District and Bullock Texas State History Museum. Get outdoors at Inner Space Cavern and Jacob's Well Natural Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Burnet (Longhorn Cavern State Park & Inks Lake State Park) and Hamilton Pool Preserve (in Dripping Springs). The adventure continues: walk around Zilker Metropolitan Park, admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, wander the streets of South Congress Avenue, and ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol.

To find out how to plan a trip to Austin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Austin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to College Station.
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College Station — 2 nights

College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, situated in East-Central Texas in the heart of the Brazos Valley, in the center of the region known as Texas Triangle. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Bonfire Memorial, get engrossed in the history at George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, then find something for the whole family at Santa's Wonderland, and finally identify plant and animal life at St Francis Wolf Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our College Station route planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to College Station takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Glen Rose.
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Glen Rose — 1 night

Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Dinosaur Valley State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and then stroll around Big Rocks Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Glen Rose sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from College Station to Glen Rose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from College Station in January since evenings lows in Glen Rose dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dallas.
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Dallas — 2 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 25th (Wed), stroll around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grapevine Historic Main Street District, and finally stroll around Klyde Warren Park. On the next day, play a few rounds at Golf Center of Arlington, explore the world behind art at Kimbell Art Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take a stroll through Sundance Square.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dallas travel planner.

You can drive from Glen Rose to Dallas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Texas travel guide

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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.
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