7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Houston
— 1 night
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South Padre Island

— 1 night
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 17th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center and then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive South Padre Island. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and finally stop by Karen's Custom Toe Rings.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip app.

Austin to South Padre Island is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Austin, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Corpus Christi

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Wed), learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, observe the fascinating underwater world at Texas State Aquarium, and then don't miss a visit to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Fly It Port A, kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach, then glide through the air with Chute 'Em Up Parasailing, and finally trot along with Horses On The Beach: Corpus Christi.

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Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in August, expect nights in Corpus Christi to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 95°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trip

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Fri), shop like a local with The Strand, see majestic marine mammals with Galveston Water Adventures, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): cool off at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, then admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, then look for gifts at Murdochs, and finally find something for the whole family at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Galveston online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Corpus Christi to Galveston in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Corpus Christi in August: highs in Galveston hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Houston

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, then examine the collection at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Houston trip planner.

Getting from Galveston to Houston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Houston

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.