8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Houston
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
4
Brownsville
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt, then engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then find something for the whole family at Kemah Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, examine the collection at Space Center Houston, and then admire the sheer force of Water Wall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Houston trip itinerary builder app.

San Francisco to Houston is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Houston. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Houston hover around 90°F and lows are around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt

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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, then wander the streets of The Strand, then steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Galveston tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Galveston, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
The Strand ©
The Strand
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens

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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 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach, snap pictures at Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, and then learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the waterfront activity at Corpus Christi Municipal Marina and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Corpus Christi road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Galveston to Corpus Christi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Corpus Christi are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brownsville.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Port Aransas Beach
Highlights from your plan
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore

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Brownsville

Brownsville ©
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and finally stop by Seas the Day. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brownsville trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to Brownsville in 2.5 hours. September in Brownsville sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brownsville

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Padre Island, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching