14 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

14 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Houston
— 3 nights
Fly
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Beaumont
— 1 night
Drive to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Fly to Vaxjo

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Houston — 3 nights

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.
Houston is known for museums, nightlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, and admire the natural beauty at Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip planning tool.

Vaxjo, Sweden to Houston is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vaxjo to Houston, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Houston sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Corpus Christi.
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Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Corpus Christi — 2 nights

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Port Aransas Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Malaquite Beach. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Texas State Aquarium and then learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Corpus Christi day trip site.

Fly from Houston to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Corpus Christi are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to South Padre Island.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island day trip planner.

Getting from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Corpus Christi in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Galveston.
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 4 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Galveston to Kemah to see Kemah Boardwalk about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, take in panoramic vistas at Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Moody Mansion.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galveston tour planner.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Galveston sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Beaumont.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trip

Beaumont — 1 night

On the 30th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Cattail Marsh.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Beaumont online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Galveston to Beaumont in 2 hours. Traveling from Galveston in July, plan for little chillier nights in Beaumont, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Room Escape Games · Science Museums
Stretching over 965 km (600 mi) from Louisiana to the Mexican border, the Texas Gulf Coast is the state's main region for outdoor activity and vacation getaways. Dotted with funky seaside villages, expansive national parks, and beautiful golden sand beaches, the Gulf Coast is only an hour's drive from Houston, the state's cultural and commercial hub. For some historical sightseeing, wander through centuries-old downtown Galveston, or head to South Padre Island for a tropical holiday.
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