6 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

6 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Drive
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Houston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Corpus Christi
— 1 night
Drive
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Take a break from Houston with a short trip to Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, and get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Houston road trip app.

Dallas to Houston is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take a stroll through The Strand, get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, then admire the landmark architecture of 1880 Garten Verein, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston trip builder tool.

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Galveston can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Corpus Christi

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
On the 21st (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Texas State Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, and then don't miss a visit to Corpus Christi Watergardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Corpus Christi road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Galveston to Corpus Christi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Galveston in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 66°F in Corpus Christi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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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.
On the 22nd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then stop by Seas the Day, then meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to South Padre Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in South Padre Island when traveling from Corpus Christi in October, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Tours

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.