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
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
2
Port Aransas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Rockport
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Matagorda
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
5
Galveston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Austin

2
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Presidio La Bahia and Malaquite Beach and Pavilion. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site and The Art Museum of South Texas. Explore Corpus Christi's surroundings by going to Fannin Memorial Monument (in Goliad) and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (in Austwell). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Corpus Christi tour planner.

Austin to Corpus Christi is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Corpus Christi when traveling from Austin in December, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Port Aransas.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Goliad, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
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Presidio La Bahia ©
Presidio La Bahia
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion ©
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion

1
night
Port Aransas

Port Aransas ©
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. On the 18th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.

Plan a Port Aransas trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Take a bus from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Port Aransas are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rockport.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Rockport

Rockport ©
Rockport is a city in Aransas County, Texas, United States. On the 19th (Thu), learn about all things military at Texas Maritime Museum, contemplate the long history of Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, then examine the collection at Bay Education Center, then identify plant and animal life at Rockport Demo Bird Garden & Wetlands Pond, and finally get engrossed in the history at History Center for Aransas County.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockport holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Port Aransas to Rockport takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Matagorda.

Things to do in Rockport

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Bay Education Center ©
Bay Education Center
Texas Maritime Museum ©
Texas Maritime Museum
Fulton Mansion State Historic Site ©
Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

1
day
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. On the 20th (Fri), kick back and relax at Matagorda Beach and then make a trip to Matagorda Cemetery.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matagorda online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rockport to Matagorda. In December, daily temperatures in Matagorda can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Matagorda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Lone Star Flight Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, and then witness the site of a historic battle at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through East End Historic District, then examine the collection at The Galveston Children's Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Strand.

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Traveling by car from Matagorda to Galveston takes 2 hours. In December in Galveston, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
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The Galveston Children's Museum ©
The Galveston Children's Museum
Old City Cemetery ©
Old City Cemetery

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