8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Houston
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Houston
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Beaumont
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Brownsville
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
5
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
End: Houston

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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 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Houston Museum District, identify plant and animal life at Cockrell Butterfly Center, then explore the world behind art at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and finally admire all the interesting features of Rodeo Houston or Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Houston tour itinerary maker tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Houston. In May, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Houston Museum District ©
Houston Museum District
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens ©
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

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nights
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 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, wander the streets of East End Historic District, then stop by Murdochs, then make a trip to Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, and finally steep yourself in history at Old City Cemetery. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Moody Mansion, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, and finally contemplate the long history of Ashton Villa.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Galveston trip planner.

Getting from Houston to Galveston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Galveston are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Old City Cemetery ©
Old City Cemetery
Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum

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Beaumont

Beaumont ©
Beaumont is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas in the United States, within the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Gator Country, take an in-depth tour of McFaddin-Ward House Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Beaumont trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galveston to Beaumont takes 2 hours. Traveling from Galveston in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Beaumont, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Brownsville.

Things to do in Beaumont

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Gator Country ©
Gator Country
McFaddin-Ward House Museum ©
McFaddin-Ward House Museum

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Brownsville

Brownsville ©
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, meet the residents at Gladys Porter Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brownsville tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Beaumont to Brownsville with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Brownsville when traveling from Beaumont in May, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Brownsville

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Gladys Porter Zoo ©
Gladys Porter Zoo

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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 24th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island trip planner .

Traveling by car from Brownsville to South Padre Island takes an hour. Traveling from Brownsville in May, you will find days in South Padre Island are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
On the 25th (Sat), kick back and relax at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion, identify plant and animal life at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, and then don't miss a visit to Loteria Corpus Christi Mural. On the next day, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, then snap pictures at Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, and finally ponder the design of Corpus Christi Watergardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Corpus Christi vacation builder website .

Getting from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in May, you will find days in Corpus Christi are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Rockport, Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
Highlights from your plan
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion ©
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©
Fulton Mansion State Historic Site ©

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