31 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

31 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas Gulf Coast tour planner

Make it your trip
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Houston
— 6 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 6 nights
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South Padre Island
— 5 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 10 nights
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Beaumont
— 2 nights
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Houston

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cockrell Butterfly Center and Discovery Green. Visiting Mammoth Lake Dive Park and Gulf Coast Bird Observatory will get you outdoors. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Mary Jo Peckham Park (in Katy), George Ranch Historical Park (in Richmond) and La Porte (Battleship Texas State Historic Site, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Funeral History, admire the natural beauty at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and gain insight at Rice University Campus.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Houston trip planner.

Lulea, Sweden to Houston is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Lulea to Houston. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Lulea in June; daily highs in Houston reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Corpus Christi

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and Whitecap Beach. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture. Explore Corpus Christi's surroundings by going to Port Aransas (Fly It Port A, Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, &more) and Rockport (Aquarium at Rockport Harbor, Goose Island State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, stroll around Cole Park, immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park, and see the interesting displays at Selena Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi trip planner.

You can fly from Houston to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 5 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Port Isabel Lighthouse. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Change things up with these side-trips from South Padre Island: Brownsville (Sabal Palm Sanctuary & Gladys Porter Zoo) and Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum (in Harlingen). There's still lots to do: stroll through Isla Blanca Park, walk around Andy Bowie Park, don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and take a leisurely stroll along Pirate's Landing Fishing Pier.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island online trip builder.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Corpus Christi in June, you will find days in South Padre Island are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 10 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Galveston Naval Museum and Surfside Beach. Visiting Stewart Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Galveston: Surfside Jetty Park (in Surfside Beach), Dr. Ned & Fay Dudney Nature Center (in League City) and Crystal Beach (in Port Bolivar). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, stop by Murdochs, see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, and head outdoors with Texas City Dike.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Galveston trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Beaumont

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at McFaddin-Ward House Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gator Country, and then examine the collection at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Fire Museum of Texas, then admire the natural beauty at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, and then walk around Blue Elbow Swamp.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Beaumont road trip site.

Drive from Galveston to Beaumont in 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Beaumont when traveling from Galveston in July, with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beaumont

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Aquariums · 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.