60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
South Padre Island
— 7 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Port Isabel
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Victoria
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Houston
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Beaumont
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

7
nights
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.
When in South Padre Island, make a side trip to see Adolph Thomae Jr County Park in Rio Hondo, approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Seas the Day, and walk around Andy Bowie Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip planner .

Salt Lake City to South Padre Island is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to South Padre Island due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in December; daily highs in South Padre Island reach 70°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Isabel.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Adolph Thomae Jr County Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.

6
nights
Port Isabel

Port Isabel ©
Port Isabel is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. Explore Port Isabel's surroundings by going to Harlingen (Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, & more), Freddy Fender Museum (in San Benito) and Brownsville (Historic Brownsville Museum, Gladys Porter Zoo, & more). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, don't miss a visit to Pirate's Landing Fishing Pier, take an in-depth tour of Port Isabel Historical Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Isabel tour itinerary app .

Port Isabel is just a stone's throw from South Padre Island. In December, daytime highs in Port Isabel are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Port Isabel

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Brownsville, Harlingen, Freddy Fender Museum, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Little Graceland
Highlights from your plan
Gladys Porter Zoo ©
Gladys Porter Zoo
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum ©
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

10
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rockport (Rockport Demo Bird Garden & Wetlands Pond, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, & more) and Port Aransas (Gratitude, Port Aransas Beach, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, stroll through Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, don't miss a visit to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez at Seaside Memorial Park, and have fun at Whataburger Field.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Corpus Christi trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Port Isabel to Corpus Christi in 3 hours. Traveling from Port Isabel in December, Corpus Christi is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rockport, Port Aransas
Highlights from your plan
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach

6
nights
Victoria

Victoria ©
Victoria is the largest city and county seat of Victoria County, Texas. Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Lake Texana State Park (in Edna), Port Lavaca (Lighthouse Beach, Calhoun County Museum, & more) and Danish Heritage Museum (in Danevang). There's still lots to do: stroll around Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Coastal Bend, explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Cemetery, and don't miss a visit to The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Victoria trip site .

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to Victoria takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Victoria can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Port Lavaca, City by the Sea Museum, Danish Heritage Museum, Lake Texana State Park
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Paddling Trail ©
Victoria Paddling Trail
Victoria Fine Arts Center ©
Victoria Fine Arts Center
The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse ©

13
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Houston: La Porte (San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site & Battleship Texas State Historic Site), Baytown Nature Center (in Baytown) and Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum (in Dickinson). There's lots more to do: get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, observe the fascinating underwater world at Downtown Aquarium, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Houston, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Houston trip website .

Getting from Victoria to Houston by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

La Porte, Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, Sri Meenakshi Devasthanam, Hemi Hideout
Highlights from your plan
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

10
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galveston: Topgolf Webster (in Webster) and Kemah (Stingray Reef 215 Kipp Ave & Kemah Boardwalk). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, take a tour of 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, take a stroll through The Strand, and examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galveston route website .

Traveling by car from Houston to Galveston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in January, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Texas City, Kemah, Topgolf Webster
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens

7
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. Explore Beaumont's surroundings by going to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac), Museum of the Gulf Coast (in Port Arthur) and Orange (Orangefield Cormier Museum, Blue Elbow Swamp, & more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Chambers House, see the interesting displays at Fire Museum of Texas, explore the world behind art at Clifton Steamboat Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Beaumont trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galveston to Beaumont in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Galveston in January since evenings lows in Beaumont dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beaumont

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Orange, Port Arthur, Nederland, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
The Chambers House ©
The Chambers House
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
John Jay French House Museum ©
John Jay French House Museum

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