32 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

32 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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32 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Denver
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
South Padre Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brownsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Victoria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Houston
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Beaumont
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Denver

5
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.
South Padre Island is known for wildlife, adventure, theme parks, classes, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and stop by Seas the Day.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip itinerary planner .

Denver to South Padre Island is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to South Padre Island due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Denver in March: highs in South Padre Island hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brownsville.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Isabel, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Brownsville

Brownsville ©
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brownsville: Adolph Thomae Jr County Park (in Rio Hondo) and Harlingen (Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum & Hugh Ramsey Nature Park). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Gladys Porter Zoo, see the interesting displays at Children’s Museum of Brownsville, take in the history at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brownsville trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from South Padre Island to Brownsville by car takes about an hour. When traveling from South Padre Island in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Brownsville, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Brownsville

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Harlingen, Adolph Thomae Jr County Park
Highlights from your plan
Gladys Porter Zoo ©
Gladys Porter Zoo
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum ©
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Corpus Christi: Rockport (Rockport Beach & Goose Island State Park) and Port Aransas (Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, stroll through Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall, make a trip to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez at Seaside Memorial Park, and identify plant and animal life at Texas Sealife Center.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Corpus Christi trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Brownsville to Corpus Christi takes 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Aransas, Rockport
Highlights from your plan
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Texas State Aquarium ©
Texas State Aquarium

4
nights
Victoria

Victoria ©
Victoria is the largest city and county seat of Victoria County, Texas. Explore Victoria's surroundings by going to Port Lavaca (Calhoun County Museum & Half Moon Reef Lighthouse), Danish Heritage Museum (in Danevang) and Matagorda (Matagorda Cemetery & Matagorda Bay Nature Park). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at City by the Sea Museum, get engrossed in the history at Matagorda County Museum, make a trip to The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse, and stroll around Riverside Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Victoria day trip planner.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to Victoria in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Corpus Christi in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Victoria, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Victoria

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Lavaca, Matagorda, Matagorda County Museum, City by the Sea Museum, Danish Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
Calhoun County Museum ©
Calhoun County Museum
Victoria Fine Arts Center ©
Victoria Fine Arts Center
Matagorda County Museum ©
Matagorda County Museum

5
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.
Houston is known for museums, nightlife, childrens museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, observe the fascinating underwater world at Downtown Aquarium, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Houston sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Victoria to Houston in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

5
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
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.
Take a break from Galveston with a short trip to Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, take a tour of 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, and get in on the family fun at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galveston trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in March, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens

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. Explore Beaumont's surroundings by going to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac), Orange (W.H. Stark House, Blue Elbow Swamp, & more) and Museum of the Gulf Coast (in Port Arthur). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, examine the collection at John Jay French House Museum, contemplate the long history of Tyrrell Historical Library, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Beaumont online attractions planner .

Drive from Galveston to Beaumont in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Galveston in March since evenings lows in Beaumont dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beaumont

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Orange, Port Arthur, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
McFaddin-Ward House Museum ©
McFaddin-Ward House Museum
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

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