38 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

38 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas Gulf Coast visit planner

Make it your trip
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Houston
— 6 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 6 nights
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Brownsville
— 5 nights
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South Padre Island
— 6 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 7 nights
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Beaumont
— 7 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.
When in Houston, make a side trip to see Clear Lake Park in Seabrook, approximately Seabrook away. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at The Menil Collection, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Downtown Aquarium.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Houston day trip planning app.

Manchester, UK to Houston is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Houston, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in November, you will find days in Houston are much hotter (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corpus Christi: Rockport (Goose Island State Park & Rockport Beach) and Port Aransas (Port Aransas Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, take in the views from Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, hike along Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Texas State Aquarium.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi day trip planner.

You can fly from Houston to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Corpus Christi are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brownsville.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Brownsville

— 5 nights
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. Get out of town with these interesting Brownsville side-trips: Harlingen (Hugh Ramsey Nature Park & Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Port Isabel). There's much more to do: trek along Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail, examine the collection at Children’s Museum of Brownsville, stroll through Sabal Palm Sanctuary, and take in the history at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park.

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Getting from Corpus Christi to Brownsville by car takes about 2.5 hours. November in Brownsville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Brownsville

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 6 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 parks, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to University of Texas - Pan American Coastal Studies Lab, observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and stop by Seas the Day.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brownsville to South Padre Island takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galveston: Nana's Attic (in League City) and Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, make a trip to Tree Sculptures, get engrossed in the history at Moody Mansion, and find something for the whole family at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Galveston trip planner.

Getting from South Padre Island to Galveston by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from South Padre Island in November since evenings lows in Galveston dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Beaumont

— 7 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Orange (Stark Museum of Art & Orangefield Cormier Museum).

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Beaumont online road trip planner.

Getting from Galveston to Beaumont by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Galveston in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Beaumont, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beaumont

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.