Route & dates
6 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary
Start: Oklahoma City
Drive: 7h 15min
Houston— Few hours
Galveston, Galveston Island— 1 night
Drive: 5h 15min
Corpus Christi— 2 nights
Drive: 3h 45min
South Padre Island— 1 night
Fly: 6h 15min
End: Oklahoma City
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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.On the 22nd (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall and then meet the residents at Houston Zoo.
To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Houston trip planner .
Oklahoma City to Houston is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Oklahoma City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Houston, with lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Galveston.
Things to do in Houston
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 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, then examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strand.
To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Galveston tour builder tool .
You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Houston in July, expect nights in Galveston to be about the same, around 80°F, while days are little chillier, around 90°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Corpus Christi.
Things to do in Galveston
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.On the 24th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at USS LEXINGTON, kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach, and then stop by La Palmera, Corpus Christi. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Padre Island National Seashore.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Corpus Christi route planning site .
Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to Corpus Christi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Corpus Christi can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.
Things to do in Corpus Christi
Port Aransas Beach
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.Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and finally look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.
For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip planner .
Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Corpus Christi in July, plan for a bit cooler days in South Padre Island, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in South Padre Island
South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center