9 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

9 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Harlingen
— 1 night
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
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Houston
— 3 nights
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Harlingen

Harlingen is a city in Cameron County in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, United States, about from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and finally meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Harlingen trip planner.

Indianapolis to Harlingen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Harlingen. Traveling from Indianapolis in December, things will get warmer in Harlingen: highs are around 73°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Harlingen

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Corpus Christi

Texas Riviera

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 26th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Texas State Aquarium, and then make a trip to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and then explore the striking landscape of Padre Island National Seashore.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Corpus Christi trip planner.

Drive from Harlingen to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Corpus Christi can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Galveston, Galveston Island

The Oleander City

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, and finally shop like a local with The Strand. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, then learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Kemah Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Galveston online holiday planner.

You can fly from Corpus Christi to Galveston in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Galveston, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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Houston

Bayou City

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.
Houston is known for museums, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt, get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and meet the residents at Houston Zoo.

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You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in December, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Science Museums
Stretching over 965 km (600 mi) from Louisiana to the Mexican border, the Texas Gulf Coast is the state's main region for outdoor activity and vacation getaways. Dotted with funky seaside villages, expansive national parks, and beautiful golden sand beaches, the Gulf Coast is only an hour's drive from Houston, the state's cultural and commercial hub. For some historical sightseeing, wander through centuries-old downtown Galveston, or head to South Padre Island for a tropical holiday.