5 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

5 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Fly to Houston, Bus to Galveston
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Galveston, Galveston Island
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Houston
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Fly

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Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, then admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, then wander the streets of The Strand, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

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Philadelphia to Galveston is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Philadelphia to Galveston, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Philadelphia in February: high temperatures in Galveston hover around 67°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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Houston

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 Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, approximately Kemah away. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo, admire the sheer force of Water Wall, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakewood Church.

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Getting from Galveston to Houston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. February in Houston sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.