9 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

9 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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South Padre Island
— 1 night
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


South Padre Island

— 1 night
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 10th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle, Inc., then explore and take pictures at Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island online itinerary planner.

New York City to South Padre Island is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In October, South Padre Island is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Corpus Christi

— 2 nights

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 12th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Goose Island State Park, get the adrenaline pumping with Skydive South Texas/ Mustang Island Skydiving, and then stroll through Port Aransas Beach. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi road trip planning website.

Drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Corpus Christi, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Galveston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 2 nights

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.
On the 14th (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at Galveston Naval Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, then wander the streets of East End Historic District, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, take a stroll through The Strand, then view the masterpieces at The Bryan Museum, and finally stop by Murdochs.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galveston day trip planning tool.

Fly from Corpus Christi to Galveston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Corpus Christi in October, you will find days in Galveston are slightly colder (82°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods


— 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and Glenwood Cemetery. Explore hidden gems such as Holocaust Museum Houston and Houston Museum District. Go for a jaunt from Houston to La Porte to see Battleship Texas State Historic Site about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Funeral History, take in nature's colorful creations at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Houston attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Galveston to Houston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Houston sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

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.