8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas Gulf Coast trip maker

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Houston
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Corpus Christi
— 1 night
Drive
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: Kemah (Kemah Boardwalk & Stingray Reef 215 Kipp Ave) and Nana's Attic (in League City). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Hermann Park's Japanese Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakewood Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Wall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Houston online tour planner.

Boston to Houston is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Boston in March: high temperatures in Houston hover around 74°F and lows are around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens, then make a trip to 1880 Garten Verein, then wander the streets of The Strand, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Galveston online trip builder.

Getting from Houston to Galveston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March in Galveston, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Corpus Christi

— 1 night

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, 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.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Corpus Christi holiday builder.

You can fly from Galveston to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Corpus Christi sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): 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, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally stop by Karen's Custom Toe Rings.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the South Padre Island day trip site.

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Corpus Christi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 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 · Tours · Parks · 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.