12 days in Houston, San Antonio & New Orleans Itinerary

12 days in Houston, San Antonio & New Orleans Itinerary

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12 days in Houston, San Antonio & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Houston
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Bogota

3
nights
Houston

Houston ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: stop by Market Street The Woodlands, then get a taste of the local shopping with Memorial City Mall, then admire the masterpieces at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Houston travel planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Houston is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Colombia Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Krolczyk Meat Market & Drive-In, Flying Saucer, Home Sweet Farm Market & Biergarten, Market Street The Woodlands, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Market Street The Woodlands ©
Market Street The Woodlands
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©

1
night
San Antonio

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.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church and then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Antonio trip planner .

Drive from Houston to San Antonio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Briscoe Western Art Museum ©
Briscoe Western Art Museum

2
nights
Houston

Houston ©
On the 31st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rothko Chapel, then get a taste of the local shopping with Rice Village Shops, and finally shop like a local with Memorial City Mall.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Houston trip planner.

Drive from San Antonio to Houston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Rothko Chapel ©
Rothko Chapel
Memorial City Mall
Memorial City Mall

2
nights
New Orleans

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Jamie Hayes Gallery, then get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, and finally stop by Hex: Old World Witchery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Whitney Plantation, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Frenchmen Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans online itinerary planner .

Getting from Houston to New Orleans by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

3
nights
Houston

Houston ©
On the next day, stop by Old Town Spring, then see the interesting displays at Texas Prison Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Washington-on-the-Brazos.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Houston trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Houston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans in January, Houston is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Houston Premium Outlets, Old Town Spring, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, Larry's Old Time Trade Days, Tanger Outlets Houston
Highlights from your plan
Houston Premium Outlets ©
Houston Premium Outlets
Texas Prison Museum ©
Texas Prison Museum
Larry's Old Time Trade Days ©
Larry's Old Time Trade Days

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