8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Corpus Christi
— 1 night
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Fly to Kelowna


Corpus Christi — 1 night

Texas Riviera

On the 21st (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Texas State Aquarium, learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum, and then admire the local landmark of Corpus Christi Watergardens.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Corpus Christi day trip planning tool.

Kelowna, Canada to Corpus Christi is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kelowna to Corpus Christi due to the time zone difference. March in Corpus Christi sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to South Padre Island.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

South Padre Island — 1 night

On the 22nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island road trip planner.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Corpus Christi in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Galveston.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Galveston, Galveston Island — 2 nights

The Oleander City

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Kemah Boardwalk, then contemplate the long history of 1892 Bishop's Palace, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, then engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then wander the streets of The Strand, and finally stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galveston trip itinerary app.

Fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Houston.
Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trip

Houston — 2 nights

Bayou City

On the 25th (Sat), meet the residents at Houston Zoo, get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, then engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Beaumont.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Beaumont — 1 night

On the 27th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica and then appreciate the history behind Fire Museum of Texas.

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Drive from Houston to Beaumont in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Houston in March, Beaumont is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

Specialty Museums · Science Museums · Wildlife Areas
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.