18 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

18 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

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18 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne

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.
San Antonio is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, theme parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, stroll through Friedrich Wilderness Park, steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and hike along San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Antonio route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to San Antonio is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. In September, San Antonio is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 40°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Theme Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

4
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, nightlife, fun & games, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol, hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, and explore and take pictures at University of Texas at Austin.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin holiday planning website .

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Austin are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, look for gifts at Pearland Town Center, and then get your game on at Escape Hunt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Houston Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at Minute Maid Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Houston trip maker website .

Getting from Austin to Houston by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September in Houston, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pearland Town Center
Highlights from your plan
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Minute Maid Park ©
Minute Maid Park

4
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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to French Quarter, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and meet the residents at Audubon Zoo.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Houston to New Orleans by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Houston in September, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 33°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

2
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 29th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Pioneer Plaza, and then steep yourself in history at Top O'Hill Terrace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Klyde Warren Park, then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and then explore and take pictures at AT&T Stadium.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from New Orleans to Dallas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Dallas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©

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