7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Moline
Fly:  7​h
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
South Padre Island
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Moline


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.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern and then take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Houston online tour itinerary planner .

Moline to Houston is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moline in June, with highs in Houston at 92°F and lows at 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
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Houston Museum District ©
Houston Museum District
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, see the interesting displays at Lone Star Flight Museum, and then take a leisurely stroll along Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, take an in-depth tour of The Bryan Museum, and then take a stroll through The Strand.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Galveston journey maker website .

Getting from Houston to Galveston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. June in Galveston sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum
Lone Star Flight Museum ©
Lone Star Flight Museum
The Bryan Museum ©
The Bryan Museum

South Padre Island

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 13th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and then identify plant and animal life at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, then don't miss a visit to Windway Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of USS LEXINGTON.

Plan my day in Corpus Christi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Corpus Christi, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Rockport, Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
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Malaquite Beach and Pavilion ©
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©