54 days in Texas Itinerary

54 days in Texas Itinerary

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Austin
— 5 nights
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South Padre Island
— 5 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 5 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 5 nights
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Houston
— 7 nights
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Fort Worth
— 6 nights
Fly to Midland/Odessa, Drive to Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park
— 6 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 6 nights
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San Antonio
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Austin — 5 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Escape the urban bustle at Bike and Brew ATX and Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Head to South Congress Avenue and Sixth Street Historic Districtfor some retail therapy. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Play for all park (in Round Rock), Marble Falls (Lake Marble Falls & Save The World Brewing Co) and Desert Door Distillery (in Driftwood). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Barton Creek Greenbelt, cast your line with Torwick's Guiding Service, Head underground at Inner Space Cavern, and contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Austin trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Austin is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 11.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Austin due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Austin: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to South Padre Island.
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South Padre Island — 5 nights

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Escape the urban bustle at Sea Turtle, Inc. and Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Get out of town with these interesting South Padre Island side-trips: Brownsville (The Carriage House Day Spa, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, &more), Mission (Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park & Mission Hike & Bike Trails) and Estero Llano Grande State Park (in Weslaco). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read South Padre Island trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Austin to South Padre Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Austin in December: high temperatures in South Padre Island hover around 24°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Corpus Christi.
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Corpus Christi — 5 nights

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Padre Island National Seashore and Port Aransas Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Malaquite Beach and Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Explore Corpus Christi's surroundings by going to Rockport (Schoenstatt Shrine & Tule Creek Hike & Bike Trail), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Port Aransas) and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (in Austwell). There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at Lazy Beach Brewing and Cafe, enjoy the sand and surf at Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Padre Island Sea Wall Beach, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lorelei Brewing Co..

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Corpus Christi, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Galveston.
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Quintana Beach and Surfside Beach. Visit El Jardin Del Mar and Galveston Pocket Park 2 for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galveston: Walter Hall Park (in League City) and Railean Rum Distillery (in San Leon). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Strand, learn insider's secrets on Texas Tail Distillery, learn the secrets of beer at Just Cast Charters, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Galveston Island Brewing.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Galveston travel route planner.

You can fly from Corpus Christi to Galveston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Galveston, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Houston.
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Houston — 7 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.
Get in touch with nature at St Francis Wolf Sanctuary and Armand Bayou Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Ilovekickboxing (in League City), Pine Gully Park (in Seabrook) and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center (in Orange). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, immerse yourself in nature at Brazos Bend State Park, and take a stroll through Chinatown.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Houston tour planning app.

Getting from Galveston to Houston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December in Houston, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Fort Worth.
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Fort Worth — 6 nights

Where the West Begins

Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
For shopping fun, head to Sundance Square or Highland Park Village. Escape the urban bustle at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Worth: Sugar Tree Golf Course (in Lipan), The Retreat Massage & Day Spa (in Athens) and Four Seasons Resort and Club at Colinas (in Irving). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Hollow, stop by CocoAndre Chocolatier, tee off at Golf Center of Arlington, and see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Worth travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Houston to Fort Worth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Houston in January, with highs in Fort Worth at 16°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bend National Park.
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Big Bend National Park — 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Chisos Mountains and Santa Elena Canyon. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Mine Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Emory Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at The Balanced Rock, and hike along Ernst Tinaja Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Big Bend National Park holiday planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Fort Worth to Big Bend National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Fort Worth in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Big Bend National Park: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.
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Fredericksburg — 6 nights

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Take a break from the city and head to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Kerrville River Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Fredericksburg side-trips: Singing Water Vineyards (in Comfort), Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area (in Boerne) and The Y.O. Ranch (in Mountain Home). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Fredericksburg trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Fredericksburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Big Bend National Park in January, with highs in Fredericksburg at 17°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 7 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.
Head to The San Antonio River Walk and Tower of the Americasfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Natural Bridge Caverns and Cascade Caverns. Get out of town with these interesting San Antonio side-trips: Canyon Lake Gorge Tour (in Canyon Lake) and Cave Without a Name (in Boerne). Pack the 29th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld. There's much more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on Cottonwood Wine Tours, play a few rounds at Palmer Course at La Cantera, wander the streets of Southtown, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio route planning app.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in January, expect San Antonio to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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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