32 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

32 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Brownsville
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 5 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 6 nights
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Freeport
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
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Houston
— 6 nights
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Beaumont
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Brownsville — 2 nights

Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. Get out of town with these interesting Brownsville side-trips: Harlingen (Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Gladys Porter Zoo, hike along Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, and examine the collection at Children’s Museum of Brownsville.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brownsville travel planner.

Dallas to Brownsville is an approximately 8-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in July, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to South Padre Island.
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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.
South Padre Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., make a trip to University of Texas - Pan American Coastal Studies Lab, enjoy the sand and surf at Isla Blanca Park, and stroll around Andy Bowie Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brownsville to South Padre Island takes an hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Brownsville in July: highs in South Padre Island hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Corpus Christi.
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Corpus Christi — 6 nights

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Change things up with these side-trips from Corpus Christi: Rockport (Goose Island State Park, Windway Gallery, &more) and Port Aransas (Gratitude, Port Aransas Beach, &more). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, observe the fascinating underwater world at Texas State Aquarium, kick back and relax at North Beach, and admire the majestic nature at Mustang Island State Park.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi online day trip planner.

You can drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Corpus Christi, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Freeport.
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Freeport — 2 nights

Freeport is a city in Brazoria County, Texas, United States, located on the Gulf of Mexico. On the 27th (Mon), kick back and relax at Surfside Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quintana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Lake Jackson Historical Museum, meet the residents at Sea Center Texas, then identify plant and animal life at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, and finally play a few rounds at Wilderness Golf Course.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Freeport trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to Freeport takes 3.5 hours. July in Freeport sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galveston.
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galveston: Pine Gully Park (in Seabrook) and Kemah (Boardwalk Beast, Kemah Boardwalk, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, enjoy breathtaking views from Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, get in on the family fun at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and make a splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Galveston travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Freeport to Galveston takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.
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Houston — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Houston: League City (Helen's Garden & Nana's Attic) and Battleship Texas State Historic Site (in La Porte). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum Houston, and explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum Houston.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Houston day trip planning tool.

Getting from Galveston to Houston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Houston are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Beaumont.
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Beaumont — 4 nights

Explore Beaumont's surroundings by going to Museum of the Gulf Coast (in Port Arthur) and Orange (Blue Elbow Swamp & W.H. Stark House).

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Beaumont trip tool.

Drive from Houston to Beaumont in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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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