22 days in Florida, Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

22 days in Florida, Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

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22 days in Florida, Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

Auckland Central
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Islamorada
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Marathon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 45​min
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Antonio
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Auckland Central

2
days
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Lobster Trap Art Gift Shop and Gallery and then stop by Ocean Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery, see what you can catch with Robbie's of Islamorada, then look for gifts at Petals With Pizzazz, then view the masterpieces at Old Road Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Islamorada trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Islamorada is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to Islamorada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in November, things will get a bit warmer in Islamorada: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

Molasses Reef, Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Highlights from your plan

2
days
Marathon

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marathon sightseeing planner.

Getting from Islamorada to Marathon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Marathon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital
Dolphin Research Center
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
days
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Let the collections at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Alan S Maltz Gallery capture your imagination. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Peppers Of Key West, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Key West itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
days
Sanibel Island

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Lovers Key State Park, stroll through Fort Myers Beach, and then browse the fresh offerings at Sanibel Island Farmer's Market.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sanibel Island holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Key West to Sanibel Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Key West in December, Sanibel Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fort Myers Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bowman's Beach
Lovers Key State Park

1
day
South Padre Island

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 4th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at South Padre Island Farmers' Market.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the South Padre Island itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Sanibel Island to South Padre Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sanibel Island in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in South Padre Island: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan

3
days
Fredericksburg

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Escape the urban bustle at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Lost Maples State Natural Area. Shop till you drop at Agave Gallery Fine Art and Rustlin' Rob's Texas Gourmet Foods. Change things up with these side-trips from Fredericksburg: Camp Verde General Store (in Camp Verde) and Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Inc. (in Kerrville). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, don't miss a visit to Charles Beckendorf Gallery, and look for gifts at James Avery Craftsman.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fredericksburg vacation builder.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from South Padre Island to Fredericksburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from South Padre Island in December: highs in Fredericksburg hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kerrville, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Camp Verde General Store
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Lost Maples State Natural Area

few
hours
San Antonio

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip generator.

Getting from Fredericksburg to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in December, expect San Antonio to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Antonio

Shopping Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk
San Fernando Cathedral

3
days
New Orleans

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get some cultural insight at French Quarter and Oak Alley Plantation. Museum-lovers will get to explore The National WWII Museum and Cabildo. When in New Orleans, make a side trip to see Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site in Vacherie, approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Garden District, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, see the interesting displays at Mardi Gras World, and explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read New Orleans itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Antonio to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Antonio in December, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 16°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Vacherie
Highlights from your plan
French Quarter
The National WWII Museum

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