60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas Gulf Coast trip itinerary planner
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South Padre Island
— 7 nights
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Brownsville
— 6 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 9 nights
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Victoria
— 3 nights
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Lake Jackson
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 10 nights
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Beaumont
— 6 nights
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Houston
— 16 nights
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South Padre Island — 7 nights

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
South Padre Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island tour planner.

Toronto, Canada to South Padre Island is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to South Padre Island. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get much warmer in South Padre Island: highs are around 20°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brownsville.
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Brownsville — 6 nights

Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. Venture out of the city with trips to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Port Isabel) and Harlingen (Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the history at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Historic Brownsville Museum, hike along Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Resaca de la Palma State Park.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brownsville attractions planning website.

Drive from South Padre Island to Brownsville in an hour. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Brownsville, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Corpus Christi.
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Corpus Christi — 9 nights

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corpus Christi: Rockport (The Big Tree, Goose Island State Park, &more) and Port Aransas (Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas Beach, &more). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Texas State Aquarium, take in the waterfront activity at Corpus Christi Municipal Marina, and trek along Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi trip planner.

You can drive from Brownsville to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Victoria.
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Victoria — 3 nights

Victoria is the largest city and county seat of Victoria County, Texas. Venture out of the city with trips to Calhoun County Museum (in Port Lavaca), Lake Texana State Park (in Edna) and Matagorda Bay Nature Park (in Matagorda). There's lots more to do: stroll around Riverside Park, examine the collection at Museum of the Coastal Bend, and don't miss a visit to The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Victoria trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to Victoria takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Victoria can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lake Jackson.
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Lake Jackson — 2 nights

Lake Jackson is a city in Brazoria County, Texas, United States, within the Houston–Sugar Land metropolitan area. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Crocodile Encounter and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church & Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Columbia Historical Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Matagorda County Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Jackson trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Victoria to Lake Jackson takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Lake Jackson are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Galveston.
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 10 nights

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: Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah) and Helen's Garden (in League City). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, browse the exhibits of Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and don't miss a visit to Tree Sculptures.

Plan trip to Galveston with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Lake Jackson to Galveston in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Galveston, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Beaumont.
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Beaumont — 6 nights

Explore Beaumont's surroundings by going to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac), Orange (W.H. Stark House & Orangefield Cormier Museum) and Port Arthur (Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park & Museum of the Gulf Coast).

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Beaumont vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Galveston to Beaumont in 2 hours. Traveling from Galveston in February, Beaumont is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Houston.
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Houston — 16 nights

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.
Explore Houston's surroundings by going to La Porte (Battleship Texas State Historic Site & San Jacinto Museum of History), Alvin Historical Museum (in Alvin) and Clear Lake Park (in Seabrook). There's still lots to do: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum Houston, have fun and explore at Children's Museum Houston, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Houston online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Beaumont to Houston takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Houston are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

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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.
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