47 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

47 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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47 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  13​h 30​min
1
South Padre Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brownsville
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Victoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Beaumont
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Houston
— 10 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

4
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: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., stop by Seas the Day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island online tour itinerary maker .

Vancouver, Canada to South Padre Island is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to South Padre Island. When traveling from Vancouver in February, plan for much hotter days in South Padre Island, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brownsville.

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

5
nights
Brownsville

Brownsville ©
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brownsville: Harlingen (Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum & Hugh Ramsey Nature Park) and Adolph Thomae Jr County Park (in Rio Hondo). And it doesn't end there: hike along Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail, see the interesting displays at Stillman House Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Resaca de la Palma State Park, and get engrossed in the history at Historic Brownsville Museum.

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Drive from South Padre Island to Brownsville in an hour. When traveling from South Padre Island in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Brownsville, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Brownsville

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Harlingen, Little Graceland, Freddy Fender Museum, Adolph Thomae Jr County Park
Highlights from your plan
Gladys Porter Zoo ©
Gladys Porter Zoo
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum ©
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum
Hugh Ramsey Nature Park ©
Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

9
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.
Explore Corpus Christi's surroundings by going to Port Aransas (Port Aransas Museum & Farleys Historic Boat Shop, Port Aransas Beach, & more) and Rockport (Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, Goose Island State Park, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall, make a trip to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez at Seaside Memorial Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Texas State Aquarium.

Before you visit Corpus Christi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Brownsville to Corpus Christi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Corpus Christi, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough 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

3
nights
Victoria

Victoria ©
Victoria is the largest city and county seat of Victoria County, Texas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Victoria: Matagorda County Museum (in Bay City), Matagorda (Matagorda Cemetery & Matagorda Bay Nature Park) and Lake Texana State Park (in Edna). And it doesn't end there: walk around Riverside Park, visit a coastal fixture at Half Moon Reef Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at City by the Sea Museum, and make a trip to The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Victoria trip planner .

Drive from Corpus Christi to Victoria in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Victoria are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Beaumont.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Matagorda, Matagorda County Museum, City by the Sea Museum, Half Moon Reef Lighthouse, Lake Texana State Park
Highlights from your plan
Matagorda Bay Nature Park ©
Matagorda Bay Nature Park
Victoria Fine Arts Center ©
Victoria Fine Arts Center
Matagorda County Museum ©
Matagorda County Museum

5
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Beaumont: Orange (W.H. Stark House, Stark Museum of Art, & more), Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac) and Museum of the Gulf Coast (in Port Arthur). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Chambers House, explore the world behind art at Clifton Steamboat Museum, head outdoors with Cattail Marsh, and see the interesting displays at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Beaumont trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Victoria to Beaumont in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in February, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in Beaumont

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bolivar Point Lighthouse (in Port Bolivar), League City (West Bay Common School Museum, Helen's Garden, & more) and Brazosport Museum of Natural Science (in Clute). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, find something for the whole family at Kemah Boardwalk, and get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.

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You can drive from Beaumont to Galveston in 2 hours. February in Galveston sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

League City, Kemah, Texas City Museum, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, Bolivar Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens

10
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.
Explore Houston's surroundings by going to La Porte (Juan Seguin Historic Park, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, & more), Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum (in Dickinson) and Sri Meenakshi Devasthanam (in Pearland). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, stroll around Hermann Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Downtown Aquarium.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Houston trip maker site .

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

La Porte, Sri Meenakshi Devasthanam, Baytown Nature Center, 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