60 days in Texas Itinerary

60 days in Texas Itinerary

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60 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Decatur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Plano
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mineola
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Nacogdoches
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
High Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Houston
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Freeport
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
8
Big Bend National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
9
South Padre Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Corpus Christi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
San Antonio
— 6 nights
12
Austin
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Decatur

Decatur ©
Decatur is a city located in Wise County, Texas, United States. For shopping fun, head to Gilbert Pecan Company or Amelia's Attic Antique Store. Visiting LBJ National Grasslands and Texas Frontier Trails Western Heritage Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Decatur: Sugar Tree Golf Course (in Lipan), Wichita Falls (Holliday Creek Trails & River Bend Nature Center) and Circle N Dairy (in Gainesville). The adventure continues: head outdoors with North Texas Lake Charters, ponder the world of politics at Parker County Courthouse, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Chapel in the Woods.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Decatur trip itinerary builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Decatur is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Decatur due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, things will get a bit warmer in Decatur: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Plano.

Things to do in Decatur

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gainesville, Denton, Wichita Falls, Parker County Courthouse, Texas Frontier Trails Western Heritage Park
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
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Gilbert Pecan Company ©
Gilbert Pecan Company
River Bend Nature Center ©
River Bend Nature Center

5
nights
Plano

Plano ©
Plano is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and ShangriLlama. For shopping fun, head to Downtown Rockwall or Lifestylez Nails Spa. Change things up with these side-trips from Plano: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge (in Sherman), Cistercian Abbey (in Irving) and Preston Trail Farms (in Gunter). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at In-Sync Exotics, trek along Coppell Nature Park, walk around Frontier Park, and let the kids burn off some steam at Colleyville Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Plano tour planner .

You can drive from Decatur to Plano in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Mineola.

Things to do in Plano

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Grapevine, Preston Trail Farms, Colleyville Nature Center, Extreme Sandbox - North Texas, ShangriLlama
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:
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Arbor Hills Nature Preserve ©
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
In-Sync Exotics ©
In-Sync Exotics
Preston Trail Farms ©
Preston Trail Farms

5
nights
Mineola

Mineola ©
Mineola is a city in Wood County, Texas, United States. Visiting Mineola Nature Preserve and East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mineola: Murchison (Black Beauty Ranch & Echo Springs Blueberry Farm), Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (in Athens) and Hopkins County Courthouse (in Sulphur Springs). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Paul Boorman Trail, get engrossed in the history at The Gladewater Museum, see the interesting displays at Parrott Park and Agricultural Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Daingerfield State Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Mineola journey planning app .

You can drive from Plano to Mineola in 2 hours. December in Mineola sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Nacogdoches.

Things to do in Mineola

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Murchison, Jefferson, Parrott Park and Agricultural Museum, Paul Boorman Trail, Daingerfield State Park
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Mineola Nature Preserve ©
Mineola Nature Preserve
Black Beauty Ranch ©
Black Beauty Ranch
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center ©
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

5
nights
Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches ©
Not to be confused with Natchitoches, Louisiana.Nacogdoches is a small city situated in East Texas and the county seat of Nacogdoches County, Texas, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari and Lanana Creek Trail. Explore Nacogdoches' surroundings by going to Davey Dogwood Park (in Palestine), Grapeland (Mission Tejas State Park & Grapeland Safari) and The Texas Basket Company (in Jacksonville). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Angelina National Forest. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, pause for some photo ops at Footprints in the Sand Monument, and immerse yourself in nature at Martin Dies, Jr. State Park.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nacogdoches holiday planning site .

Drive from Mineola to Nacogdoches in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to High Island.

Things to do in Nacogdoches

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Jacksonville, Grapeland, Davey Dogwood Park, Angelina National Forest, Footprints in the Sand Monument
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari ©
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari
Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area ©
Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area
Grapeland Safari ©
Grapeland Safari

2
nights
High Island

High Island ©
High Island is an Unincorporated community located in the Bolivar Peninsula census-designated place, Galveston County, Texas, United States. On the 20th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, and then look for gifts at Larry's Old Time Trade Days. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary, let little ones run wild at Bay Street Park, and then steep yourself in history at Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the High Island trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Nacogdoches to High Island by car takes about 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in High Island when traveling from Nacogdoches in December, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in High Island

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bay Street Park, Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Larry's Old Time Trade Days, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary ©
Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary
Bay Street Park ©
Bay Street Park

6
nights
Houston

Houston ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Big Thicket National Preserve and Texas Wolfdog Project. Venture out of the city with trips to Kleb Woods Nature Preserve (in Tomball), George Mitchell Nature Preserve (in The Woodlands) and Armand Bayou Nature Center (in Pasadena). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Houston Audubon, walk around Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, and stop by Phoenicia Foods.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Houston online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from High Island to Houston in 1.5 hours. Traveling from High Island in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Houston. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Freeport.

Things to do in Houston

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Baytown, Texas Wolfdog Project, Armand Bayou Nature Center, George Mitchell Nature Preserve, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Big Thicket National Preserve ©
Big Thicket National Preserve
Texas Wolfdog Project ©
Texas Wolfdog Project

3
nights
Freeport

Freeport ©
Freeport is a city in Brazoria County, Texas, United States, located on the Gulf of Mexico. Get outdoors at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. We've included these beaches for you: Quintana Beach and Surfside Beach. When in Freeport, make a side trip to see Crocodile Encounter in Angleton, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, look for all kinds of wild species at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, and see the interesting displays at Brazosport Museum of Natural Science.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Freeport trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Houston to Freeport takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Freeport

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Quintana, Crocodile Encounter, Surfside Beach, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge ©
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Crocodile Encounter ©
Crocodile Encounter
Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary ©

5
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
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.
Visiting Dug Out Wells Picnic Area and Nature Trail and Chisos Mountains will get you outdoors. Explore Big Bend National Park's surroundings by going to Terlingua (Indian Head Trail, Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center, & more) and Big Bend Ranch State Park (in Presidio). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Mine Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Tuff Canyon Trail, whizz through the canopy at Lajitas Zipline, and hike along Ernst Tinaja Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park road trip site .

Getting from Freeport to Big Bend National Park by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Big Bend National Park when traveling from Freeport in December, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Terlingua, Big Bend Ranch State Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sea Turtle, Inc. and South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Change things up with a short trip to Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Brownsville (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island road trip site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to South Padre Island in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in January, South Padre Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
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.
Visit Padre Island National Seashore and Malaquite Beach and Pavilion for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Port Aransas Beach and Padre Island Sea Wall Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Corpus Christi side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Port Aransas), Rockport (Tule Creek Hike & Bike Trail, Fishing Charters & Tours, & more) and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (in Austwell). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitecap Beach, identify plant and animal life at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center, and don't miss a visit to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez at Seaside Memorial Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi journey planning website .

Getting from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in January since evenings lows in Corpus Christi dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to The San Antonio River Walk or Tower of the Americas. Visiting Natural Bridge Caverns and Cibolo Nature Center will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area (in Boerne), Lost Maples State Natural Area (in Vanderpool) and The Y.O. Ranch (in Mountain Home). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Alamo, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, look for all kinds of wild species at Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Medina River Natural Area.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip app .

You can drive from Corpus Christi to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Corpus Christi in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in San Antonio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Boerne, Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve, The Y.O. Ranch, Lost Maples State Natural Area, National Museum of the Pacific War
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
The Y.O. Ranch ©
The Y.O. Ranch

7
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Escape the urban bustle at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Head to Central Market and Harry Ransom Centerfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Hamilton Pool Preserve (in Dripping Springs), Carleen Bright Arboretum (in Woodway) and McKinney Roughs Nature Park (in Cedar Creek). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, hike along Cedar Breaks Park, and test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Austin.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Austin road trip website .

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Cedar Breaks Park, Carleen Bright Arboretum, Hamilton Pool Preserve, San Saba River Nature Park, Brushy Creek Lake Park
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats ©

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