10 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

10 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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10 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Medford
drive:  7​h 30​min
1
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  23​h 30​min
End: Medford

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Fri), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read South Padre Island online trip itinerary maker .

Minneapolis to South Padre Island is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Minneapolis in July since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Padre Island National Seashore and Port Aransas Beach. Get some cultural insight at USS LEXINGTON and Presidio La Bahia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corpus Christi: Goliad (Our Lady of Loreto Chapel & Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Corpus Christi planner .

You can drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Corpus Christi: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Goliad, Port Aransas Beach
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Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
USS LEXINGTON ©
USS LEXINGTON

2
nights
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 24th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, then admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Stewart Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at MiArt Gallery, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Galveston trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Corpus Christi to Galveston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): witness the site of a historic battle at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, meet the residents at Houston Zoo, and then contemplate the long history of Cistern, Buffalo Bayou Park.

Start your trip to Houston by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Houston, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
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