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: Dallas
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Dallas

2
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.
Bring the kids along to Houston Zoo and The Houston Museum of Natural Science. When in Houston, make a side trip to see Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Minute Maid Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of The Heights Theater, and admire the sheer force of Water Wall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Houston online trip builder .

Dallas to Houston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Houston are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Kemah Boardwalk ©
Kemah Boardwalk

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Strand.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Galveston online travel planner .

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. June in Galveston sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens
The Strand ©
The Strand

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS LEXINGTON, then meet the residents at Texas State Aquarium, and then ponder the design of Corpus Christi Watergardens.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Corpus Christi route planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to Corpus Christi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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USS LEXINGTON ©
USS LEXINGTON
Texas State Aquarium ©
Texas State Aquarium

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, trot along with a tour on horseback and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Corpus Christi in June: highs in South Padre Island hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

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