5 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

5 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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5 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h
1
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

2
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, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the striking features of The Heights Theater.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Houston day trip planning tool .

Charlotte to Houston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Houston, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Houston. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, and finally admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tree Sculptures, wander the streets of The Strand, and then examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston journey planner.

Drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Galveston, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens