8 days in Texas Itinerary

8 days in Texas Itinerary

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8 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Rockport
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Rockport
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Springfield

1
night
Rockport

Rockport ©
Rockport is a city in Aransas County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Tule Creek Hike & Bike Trail, brush up on your military savvy at Texas Maritime Museum, and then kick back and relax at Rockport Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Port Aransas Beach and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rockport trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Rockport. July in Rockport sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Rockport

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Port Aransas Beach
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Rockport Beach ©
Rockport Beach
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Texas Maritime Museum ©
Texas Maritime Museum

3
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.
On the 21st (Tue), kick back and relax at Surfside Beach, then steep yourself in history at Ashton Villa, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of East End Historic District, wander the streets of The Strand, and then get engrossed in the history at Lone Star Flight Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rockport to Galveston takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. July in Galveston sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 80°F at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Surfside Beach
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The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Lone Star Flight Museum ©
Lone Star Flight Museum
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Washington-on-the-Brazos and Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Big Thicket National Preserve (in Kountze) and George Ranch Historical Park (in Richmond). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rothko Chapel, and contemplate the long history of Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Houston road trip website .

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

George Ranch Historical Park, Washington-on-the-Brazos, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Big Thicket National Preserve
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Washington-on-the-Brazos ©
Washington-on-the-Brazos
Big Thicket National Preserve ©
Big Thicket National Preserve
George Ranch Historical Park ©
George Ranch Historical Park

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