15 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

15 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

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15 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  13​h 45​min
1
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
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 next day: get engrossed in the history at Moody Mansion, then engage your brain at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Galveston trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Galveston is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. In September, Galveston is warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

2
nights
South Padre Island

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 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then take in the history at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and finally meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. On your second day here, trot along with a tour on horseback and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the South Padre Island day trip planner .

Getting from Galveston to South Padre Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 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 Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Kick 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 see the interesting displays at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Corpus Christi holiday tool .

Drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Corpus Christi, with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, Port Aransas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mission San Jose and Gruene Historic District. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of the Pacific War and Main Street. Change things up with a short trip to Grape Creek Vineyards in Fredericksburg (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of The Alamo, pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at The San Antonio River Walk, and Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Antonio tour app .

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to San Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daytime highs in San Antonio are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, Gruene Historic District
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Gruene Historic District ©
Gruene Historic District

5
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Immaculate Conception Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like French Quarter and Lake Lawn Metairie. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Whitney Plantation (in Wallace), Oak Alley Plantation (in Vacherie) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, admire the natural beauty at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, and stop by Boutique du Vampyre.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans travel planner .

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to New Orleans takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Antonio in September, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 33°C, while days are slightly colder, around 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 Tours

Side Trips

Vacherie, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Whitney Plantation, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Immaculate Conception Church ©
Immaculate Conception Church

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