10 days in Texas Gulf Coast & North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in Texas Gulf Coast & North Carolina Itinerary

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10 days in Texas Gulf Coast & North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 day
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  10​h
3
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Asheville
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, then examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, and finally contemplate the long history of Ashton Villa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Galveston trip planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Galveston is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edmonton to Galveston. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edmonton in June: highs in Galveston hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Ashton Villa ©
Ashton Villa

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day
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 (Fri): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read South Padre Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Currituck Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Corolla trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from South Padre Island to Corolla in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from South Padre Island to Corolla. Traveling from South Padre Island in June, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Corolla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Holden Beach and Oak Island Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Kure Beach (North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher & Kure Beach Pier). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and take a stroll through Historic District.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Corolla to Wilmington takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Oak Island Beach, Holden Beach, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens
Historic District ©
Historic District

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night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then browse the exhibits of Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, then sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Asheville online tour planner .

Fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wilmington in July: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence
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