15 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

15 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Houston
— 3 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
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Brownsville
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Houston

— 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.
Houston is known for museums, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo, see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Houston day trip planning website.

Boston to Houston is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Houston. Traveling from Boston in March, expect Houston to be much warmer, temps between 74°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Galveston to Kemah to see Kemah Boardwalk about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galveston trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Houston to Galveston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Galveston can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Corpus Christi

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corpus Christi: Port Aransas (Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas Beach, &more). Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, ponder the design of Corpus Christi Watergardens, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Texas State Aquarium.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Corpus Christi trip planner.

Getting from Galveston to Corpus Christi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Corpus Christi, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Brownsville.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Brownsville

— 2 nights
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. On the 26th (Fri), take in the history at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, then appreciate the history behind Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, and then get to know the resident critters at Gladys Porter Zoo. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Carriage House Day Spa, get interesting insight from Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brownsville day trip planner.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to Brownsville in 2.5 hours. March in Brownsville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Brownsville

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 2 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stop by Seas the Day, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip maker site.

You can drive from Brownsville to South Padre Island in an hour. Traveling from Brownsville in March, you will find days in South Padre Island are slightly colder (71°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.