60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Houston
— 20 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 11 nights
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Harlingen
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 6 nights
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Matagorda
— 1 night
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 13 nights
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Beaumont
— 4 nights
Drive to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Fly to St. Petersburg

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Houston

— 20 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Cockrell Butterfly Center and Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Get some historical perspective at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Ilovekickboxing (in League City), Armand Bayou Nature Center (in Pasadena) and La Porte (San Jacinto Museum of History, Battleship Texas State Historic Site, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, learn about all things military at Lone Star Flight Museum, see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, and get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Houston online trip itinerary planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Houston is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Houston due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in April: high temperatures in Houston hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Corpus Christi

— 11 nights

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Explore hidden gems such as Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Goose Island State Park. Let the collections at Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and Selena Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corpus Christi: Port Aransas (Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture, Fly It Port A, &more), Lake Corpus Christi State Park (in Mathis) and Rockport (Tule Creek Hike & Bike Trail, Rockport Demo Bird Garden & Wetlands Pond, &more). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion, admire the majestic nature at Mustang Island State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and admire the masterpieces at The Art Museum of South Texas.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Corpus Christi trip planning app.

You can fly from Houston to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Harlingen.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Harlingen

— 3 nights
Harlingen is a city in Cameron County in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, United States, about from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Discover out-of-the-way places like Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum and Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail. Get in touch with nature at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Brownsville (Old City Cemetery & Gladys Porter Zoo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum and identify plant and animal life at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Harlingen day trip app.

Getting from Corpus Christi to Harlingen by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Harlingen can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Harlingen

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 6 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Visiting Laguna Madre Nature Trail and South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Padre Island: Brownsville (Sabal Palm Sanctuary & Palmito Ranch Battlefield). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Isla Blanca Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island journey planner.

Getting from Harlingen to South Padre Island by car takes about an hour. When traveling from Harlingen in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Matagorda.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matagorda

— 1 night
Matagorda is a census-designated place in Matagorda County, located near the mouth of the Colorado River on the Upper Texas coast in the United States. On the 26th (Wed), stroll through Matagorda Beach, then stroll around Matagorda Bay Nature Park, and then make a trip to Matagorda Cemetery.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Matagorda attractions planning app.

Getting from South Padre Island to Matagorda by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Matagorda

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Galveston, Galveston Island

— 13 nights

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfside Beach and East Beach. You'll explore and learn at Galveston Naval Museum and 1892 Bishop's Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church & Cemetery (in Lake Jackson), League City (West Bay Common School Museum & Helen's Garden) and Kemah (Kemah Boardwalk & Stingray Reef 215 Kipp Ave). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Galveston Island Brewing, immerse yourself in nature at Galveston Island State Park, and get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Galveston trip maker app.

You can drive from Matagorda to Galveston in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In May in Galveston, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Beaumont

— 4 nights
Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum and Stark Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and Gator Country. Venture out of the city with trips to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac), Blue Elbow Swamp (in Orange) and Museum of the Gulf Coast (in Port Arthur).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Beaumont online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Galveston to Beaumont by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Galveston in June since evenings lows in Beaumont dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beaumont

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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.