14 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

14 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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14 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Manchester
Fly + bus:  15​h
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
Manchester

3
days
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Seawall and The Strand. Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and East Beach. Explore Galveston's surroundings by going to Kemah (Stingray Reef & Kemah Boardwalk). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Bishop’s Palace, get your game on at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Galveston trip generator.

Manchester, UK to Galveston is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, things will get much warmer in Galveston: highs are around 38°C and lows about 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

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Kemah
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Bishop’s Palace
Bishop’s Palace
East Beach ©
East Beach
Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens

3
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS LEXINGTON and Presidio La Bahia. Escape the urban bustle at Padre Island National Seashore and Port Aransas Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corpus Christi: Rockport (Rockport Beach & Fulton Mansion State Historic Site). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Texas State Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Corpus Christi vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to Corpus Christi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Corpus Christi when traveling from Galveston in July, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Rockport, Port Aransas Beach, Presidio La Bahia
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Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
USS LEXINGTON ©
USS LEXINGTON

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc. and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Port Isabel Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read South Padre Island online itinerary creator.

Drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in South Padre Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

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Port Isabel Lighthouse
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Houston Zoo and Water Wall. Get some cultural insight at Houston Museum of Natural Science and San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, see the interesting displays at Battleship Texas State Historic Site, and play a few rounds at Hermann Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Houston in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Houston, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

La Porte
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