35 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

35 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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35 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Houston
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Beaumont
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Victoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Corpus Christi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Brownsville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
South Padre Island
— 7 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto

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.
Step out of Houston to go to Dickinson and see Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Downtown Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, and admire the masterpieces at The Menil Collection.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Houston day trip planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Houston is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Houston due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get warmer in Houston: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galveston: Brazosport Museum of Natural Science (in Clute), Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah) and Helen's Garden (in League City). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, brush up on your military savvy at Galveston Naval Museum, admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, and take a tour of 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galveston travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Houston to Galveston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Galveston sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Helen's Garden, Kemah Boardwalk, Texas City Museum, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Beaumont: Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac), Museum of the Gulf Coast (in Port Arthur) and Orange (Stark Museum of Art, W.H. Stark House, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at John Jay French House Museum, snap pictures at The Veterans Memorial Park & Bridge, explore the world behind art at Clifton Steamboat Museum, and take an in-depth tour of The Chambers House.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Beaumont day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Galveston to Beaumont takes 2 hours. Traveling from Galveston in January, expect little chillier with lows of 6°C in Beaumont. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Beaumont

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Orange, Port Arthur, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
The Chambers House ©
The Chambers House
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Museum of the Gulf Coast ©
Museum of the Gulf Coast

3
nights
Victoria

Victoria ©
Victoria is the largest city and county seat of Victoria County, Texas. Explore Victoria's surroundings by going to Lake Texana State Park (in Edna), Calhoun County Museum (in Port Lavaca) and City by the Sea Museum (in Palacios). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Matagorda County Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Coastal Bend, walk around Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir, and make a trip to The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Victoria road trip planning website .

Getting from Beaumont to Victoria by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Victoria can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

City by the Sea Museum, Matagorda County Museum, Calhoun County Museum, Lake Texana State Park
Highlights from your plan
Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir ©
Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir
Victoria Fine Arts Center ©
Victoria Fine Arts Center
Calhoun County Museum ©
Calhoun County 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: Port Aransas (Port Aransas Beach, Gratitude, & more) and Goose Island State Park (in Rockport). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, take in the views from Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Texas Sealife Center, and meet the residents at Texas State Aquarium.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Corpus Christi travel planner.

Traveling by car from Victoria to Corpus Christi takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Brownsville.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Aransas, Goose Island State Park
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
Brownsville

Brownsville ©
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. Venture out of the city with trips to Harlingen (Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Gladys Porter Zoo, witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, identify plant and animal life at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, and trek along Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brownsville journey planner .

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to Brownsville takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Brownsville

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Harlingen, Freddy Fender Museum
Highlights from your plan
Gladys Porter Zoo ©
Gladys Porter Zoo
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum ©
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

7
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 nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip planning app .

Drive from Brownsville to South Padre Island in an hour. When traveling from Brownsville in January, plan for slightly colder days in South Padre Island, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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