8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Galveston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Matagorda
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Rockport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Port Aransas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Austin

2
nights
Galveston

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.
Old City Cemetery and The Seawall will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Lone Star Flight Museum and The Bryan Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through East End Historic District, take in the exciting artwork at MiArt Gallery, contemplate the long history of Ashton Villa, and admire the landmark architecture of 1880 Garten Verein.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galveston trip planner .

Austin to Galveston is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Austin in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 53°F in Galveston. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Matagorda.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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The Seawall ©
The Seawall
The Bryan Museum ©
The Bryan Museum
Old City Cemetery ©
Old City Cemetery

1
night
Matagorda

Matagorda
Matagorda is a census-designated place in Matagorda County, located near the mouth of the Colorado River on the Upper Texas coast in the United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Matagorda Beach.

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

You can drive from Galveston to Matagorda in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Matagorda can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rockport.

Things to do in Matagorda

Outdoors Parks Beaches

3
nights
Rockport

Rockport ©
Rockport is a city in Aransas County, Texas, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Presidio La Bahia and Texas Maritime Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site and Fulton Mansion State Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Goliad (Fannin Memorial Monument, Square Gallery, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Bay Education Center, take an in-depth tour of History Center for Aransas County, do a tasting at Winery on the Bay, and don't miss a visit to Windway Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rockport trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Matagorda to Rockport. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in December, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Port Aransas.

Things to do in Rockport

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Goliad
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Presidio La Bahia ©
Presidio La Bahia
Hanging Tree ©
Hanging Tree

1
night
Port Aransas

Port Aransas ©
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. On the 22nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Aransas Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Aransas driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rockport to Port Aransas in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Port Aransas are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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