11 days in New Orleans & Texas Itinerary

11 days in New Orleans & Texas Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
San Antonio
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Cabildo, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to New Orleans. December in New Orleans sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours


— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Space Center Houston and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, then get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Houston trip itinerary website.

You can fly from New Orleans to Houston in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in December, you will find days in Houston are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are a bit cooler (50°F). You will leave for San Antonio on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 2 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, get engrossed in the history at The Guenther House Museum, then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, then take an in-depth tour of The Alamo, and finally get into the urban bustle at Tower of the Americas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio road trip planning website.

Getting from Houston to San Antonio by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping


— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park, admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Austin trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.