15 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

15 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Galveston day trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Galveston is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Galveston. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in September; daily highs in Galveston reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip website.

Traveling by flight from Galveston to South Padre Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
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Corpus Christi

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 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach, take in the views from Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, and then learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Corpus Christi vacation builder tool.

You can drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 27°C in Corpus Christi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

3
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San Antonio

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of the Pacific War and Grape Creek Vineyards. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Alamo and Mission San Jose. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Gruene Historic District (in New Braunfels) and Main Street (in Fredericksburg). There's much more to do: Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, walk around Friedrich Wilderness Park, pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to San Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

5
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New Orleans

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.
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and French Quarter will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and Oak Alley Plantation (in Vacherie). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church, look for gifts at Boutique du Vampyre, make a trip to Arcadian Books, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans day trip planning site.

Fly from San Antonio to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Antonio, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.