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 + Drive:  25​h
1
Canyon
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Fort Davis
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
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
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Sydney

1
day
Canyon

Canyon ©
Canyon is a city in, and the county seat of, Randall County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, make a trip to Cadillac Ranch, and then stop by Cavender's Boot City.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Canyon trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Canyon is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Canyon: highs are around 34°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Canyon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Amarillo
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Palo Duro Canyon State Park ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Cavender's Boot City ©
Cavender's Boot City
Cadillac Ranch ©
Cadillac Ranch

1
day
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. On the 17th (Mon), look for gifts at Davis Mt. Broom Shop, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then look and learn at McDonald Observatory.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fort Davis vacation maker app .

You can drive from Canyon to Fort Davis in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Fort Davis are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites
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Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory
Davis Mt. Broom Shop ©
Davis Mt. Broom Shop

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop and Agave Gallery Fine Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg and Becker Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fredericksburg: Lost Maples Winery (in Vanderpool), Mission San Jose (in San Antonio) and Calais Winery (in Hye). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Wedding Oak Winery, make a trip to Charles Beckendorf Gallery, stop by Lone Star Candy Bar, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of the Pacific War.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fredericksburg using our trip planner.

Drive from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Davis in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fredericksburg, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Mission San Jose, Wedding Oak Winery, Calais Winery, Becker Vineyards (Winery), Lost Maples Winery
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National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Becker Vineyards (Winery) ©
Becker Vineyards (Winery)

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Port Aransas Beach and Padre Island Sea Wall Beach. For shopping fun, head to Gratitude or La Palmera, Corpus Christi. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Padre Island National Seashore. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at USS LEXINGTON.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Corpus Christi vacation planning site .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Fredericksburg in September, Corpus Christi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Port Aransas
Highlights from your plan
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore

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 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc. and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, and finally look for gifts at Seas the Day.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip maker .

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in South Padre Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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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.
Do your shopping at Kite's and Flagpoles Unlimited and The Strand. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bishop's Palace and Moody Mansion. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, stroll through El Jardin Del Mar, get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, and admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Galveston road trip planner.

Getting from South Padre Island to Galveston by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Galveston can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA and Destrehan Plantation. Museum-lovers will appreciate Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation & Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, look for gifts at Meyer The Hatter, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

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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. Traveling from Galveston in September, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are about the same (33°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vacherie, Destrehan Plantation
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