29 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

29 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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29 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
South Padre Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Brownsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Houston
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Beaumont
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Parasailing & Paragliding. Bring the kids along to Sea Turtle, Inc. and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, take a leisurely stroll along Queen Isabella State Fishing Pier, and don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip itinerary builder website .

Minneapolis to South Padre Island is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in June, with highs in South Padre Island at 85°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brownsville.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Parasailing & Paragliding
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Brownsville

Brownsville ©
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gladys Porter Zoo and Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site and Old City Cemetery. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, hike along Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail, get engrossed in the history at Historic Brownsville Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Resaca de la Palma State Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brownsville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Brownsville takes an hour. When traveling from South Padre Island in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Brownsville, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Brownsville

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sabal Palm Sanctuary ©
Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum ©
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and Port Aransas Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Padre Island National Seashore. Get out of town with these interesting Corpus Christi side-trips: Rockport (Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, Goose Island State Park, & more) and Port Aransas (The University of Texas Marine Science Institute & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Whataburger Field, look for all kinds of wild species at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center, get engrossed in the history at USS LEXINGTON, and meet the residents at Texas State Aquarium.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi travel planner .

You can drive from Brownsville to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. In June in Corpus Christi, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Aransas, Rockport
Highlights from your plan
Goose Island State Park ©
Goose Island State Park
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion ©
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and George Ranch Historical Park. Get outdoors at Cockrell Butterfly Center and Water Wall. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Lake Jackson (Sea Center Texas & Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church & Cemetery). There's still lots to do: get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, admire the masterpieces at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, examine the collection at Space Center Houston, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Corpus Christi to Houston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Jackson, George Ranch Historical Park, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Cemetery ©
Glenwood Cemetery
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center

6
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
Kids will enjoy Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier and Moody Gardens. Galveston Railroad Museum and The Strand are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, take an in-depth tour of The Bryan Museum, cast your line with a fishing tour, and look for gifts at Murdochs.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Galveston travel route planner .

Getting from Houston to Galveston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Houston in July, plan for slightly colder days in Galveston, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galveston Naval Museum ©
Galveston Naval Museum
Old City Cemetery ©
Old City Cemetery

4
nights
Beaumont

Beaumont ©
Beaumont is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas in the United States, within the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Step off the beaten path and head to Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and McFaddin-Ward House Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Gator Country and Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Beaumont: W.H. Stark House (in Orange) and Museum of the Gulf Coast (in Port Arthur). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum of Texas, head outdoors with Cattail Marsh, steep yourself in history at Tyrrell Historical Library, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Buu Mon Buddhist Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Beaumont trip planner .

You can drive from Galveston to Beaumont in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Galveston in July since evenings lows in Beaumont dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beaumont

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Orange
Highlights from your plan
McFaddin-Ward House Museum ©
McFaddin-Ward House Museum
Gator Country ©
Gator Country