36 days in Texas Itinerary

36 days in Texas Itinerary

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Dallas
— 4 nights
Fly to Midland/Odessa, Drive to Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Austin
— 5 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
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Houston
— 4 nights
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Dallas — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Get a sense of the local culture at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Dallas: Fort Worth (Sundance Square & Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, stop by CocoAndre Chocolatier, and play a few rounds at Golf Center of Arlington.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dallas road trip planning site.

Accra, Ghana to Dallas is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. In December, Dallas is much colder than Accra - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Big Bend National Park.
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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Big Bend National Park — 4 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.
Visiting Chisos Mountains and The Window Trail will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: stroll through Lost Mine Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Emory Peak, take in breathtaking views at Boquillas Canyon, and hike along Ernst Tinaja Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park trip itinerary website.

Getting from Dallas to Big Bend National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dallas in December: highs in Big Bend National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.
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Fredericksburg — 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of the Pacific War and Pioneer Museum. Get outdoors at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Kerrville River Trail. Step out of Fredericksburg to go to Comfort and see Singing Water Vineyards, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, and make a trip to Main Street.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg day trip site.

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Fredericksburg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. When traveling from Big Bend National Park in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fredericksburg: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The San Antonio River Walk and Blue Star Contemporary. Step out of the city life by going to Natural Bridge Caverns and Cave Without a Name. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Alamo, appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fredericksburg in December; daily highs in San Antonio reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Austin.
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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.
Head to Harry Ransom Center and The Blanton Museum of Artfor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Barton Creek Greenbelt and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, sample some tasty brews at Bike and Brew ATX, and Head underground at Inner Space Cavern.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Austin trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Austin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.
On the 1st (Sun), identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Austin to South Padre Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Austin in December, expect South Padre Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Corpus Christi.
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Corpus Christi — 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Padre Island National Seashore and Port Aransas Beach. Relax by the water at Malaquite Beach and Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall. There's more to do: brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum and look for all kinds of wild species at Texas Sealife Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi holiday maker tool.

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 January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Corpus Christi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly to Galveston.
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 4 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.
The Strand and The Seawall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Quintana Beach and Just Cast Charters. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galveston: Brazosport Museum of Natural Science (in Clute) and Surfside Beach (in Surfside Beach). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Stewart Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Jardin Del Mar.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Galveston trip maker website.

Fly from Corpus Christi to Galveston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Corpus Christi in January: highs in Galveston hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Houston.
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Houston — 4 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 Cockrell Butterfly Center and Pine Gully Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Space Center Houston and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Nana's Attic (in League City), Brazos Bend State Park (in Needville) and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site (in Washington). Next up on the itinerary: get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science and take a stroll through Sawyer Yards.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Houston travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Houston are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) 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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