20 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

20 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

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20 days in Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Waco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Corpus Christi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h
6
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Tower of the Americas.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio sightseeing planning website .

Sydney, Australia to San Antonio is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, tram, and bus. Traveling from Sydney to San Antonio, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect nights in San Antonio to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are much hotter, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

2
nights
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
On the 17th (Mon), learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, then take in the exciting artwork at Agave Gallery Fine Art, then stop by Der Kuchen Laden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site. Keep things going the next day: browse for treasures at Larry Jackson Fine Art & Antiques, then shop like a local with Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Inc., then stop by Camp Verde General Store, and finally make a trip to Charles Beckendorf Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg journey builder app .

Drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Antonio in September, with highs in Fredericksburg at 36°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Waco.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Inc., Camp Verde General Store
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Inc. ©
Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Inc.

3
nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Do your shopping at Magnolia Market at the Silos and The Cedar Chest Too Antique Mall. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Fort Parker and Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waco: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (in Glen Rose), Wiseman House (in Hico) and Bosque Museum (in Clifton). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at JDH Iron Designs and enjoy some diversion at H5 Tactical.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Waco holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Waco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Waco

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Cedar Chest Too Antique Mall, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, JDH Iron Designs Valley Mills Location, Wiseman House, Old Fort Parker
Highlights from your plan
Magnolia Market Silos ©
Magnolia Market Silos
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ©
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Old Fort Parker ©
Old Fort Parker

1
night
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 22nd (Sat): look for gifts at La Palmera, Corpus Christi, look for gifts at Gratitude, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Aransas Beach. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of USS LEXINGTON and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Padre Island Sea Wall Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Corpus Christi online tour planner .

Drive from Waco to Corpus Christi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Port Aransas
Highlights from your plan
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Gratitude ©
Gratitude

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 24th (Mon): make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, and finally look for gifts at Seas the Day. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc. and then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip planner .

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Let the collections at Moody Mansion and Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum capture your imagination. The Strand and Old City Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, look for gifts at Kite's and Flagpoles Unlimited, contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, and kick back and relax at El Jardin Del Mar.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Galveston are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
The Seawall ©
The Seawall

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The National WWII Museum and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. French Quarter and Garden District will appeal to history buffs. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Vacherie (Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & Oak Alley Plantation). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and tour the pleasant surroundings at New Orleans City Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans day trip website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to New Orleans in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Galveston in September: highs in New Orleans hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vacherie
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation

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