15 days in Bloomington & Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Bloomington
— 4 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
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Houston
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Bloomington — 4 nights

The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Visit James J. Hill House and Landmark Center for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Paisley Park and Minnesota History Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Stillwater Lift Bridge (in Stillwater) and Red Cedar State Trail (in Menomonie). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Weisman Art Museum, surround yourself with nature on Stone Arch Bridge, wander the streets of Summit Avenue, and identify plant and animal life at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

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Minneapolis to Bloomington is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly 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 6th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Traveling by flight from Bloomington to South Padre Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bloomington in April, expect South Padre Island to be warmer, temps between 77°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and USS Lexington Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Selena Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Rockport (Fulton Mansion State Historic Site & Goose Island State Park). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park, cruise along Beach Loop, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with Kohootz Dolphin Encounters.

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You can drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Corpus Christi, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Galveston.
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 2 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.
On the 11th (Tue), examine the collection at Galveston Railroad Museum and then take a stroll through East End Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery, don't miss a visit to 1880 Garten Verein, then admire the landmark architecture of The Bryan Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall.

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Getting from Corpus Christi to Galveston by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Corpus Christi in April, expect nights in Galveston to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Houston.
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Houston — 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Juan Seguin Historic Park. Get some cultural insight at Cockrell Butterfly Center and Space Center Houston. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Funeral History.

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Drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Houston sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

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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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