28 days in Louisiana & Texas Itinerary

28 days in Louisiana & Texas Itinerary

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28 days in Louisiana & Texas Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Vacherie
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Nacogdoches
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
4
Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Fort Davis
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
San Angelo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Canyon
— 1 day
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at French Quarter and Jackson Square. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and New Orleans City Park. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, take a stroll through Garden District, examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Joseph Church and Gardens.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip planner .

London, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to New Orleans. When traveling from London in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vacherie.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Joseph Church and Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum

2
nights
Vacherie

Vacherie ©
Vacherie is a small unincorporated community in St. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, then steep yourself in history at San Francisco Plantation, then contemplate the long history of The Cajun Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Evergreen Plantation, then see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation, and then admire the striking features of Oak Alley Plantation.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vacherie tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Vacherie in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Vacherie, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Nacogdoches.

Things to do in Vacherie

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Evergreen Plantation, Whitney Plantation, San Francisco Plantation, The Cajun Village, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

2
nights
Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches ©
Not to be confused with Natchitoches, Louisiana.Nacogdoches is a small city situated in East Texas and the county seat of Nacogdoches County, Texas, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area and Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari. Your inner history buff will appreciate Caddo Mounds State Historic Site and Sterne Hoya House Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Nacogdoches side-trips: Heritage Center of Cherokee County, Texas (in Rusk), Davey Dogwood Park (in Palestine) and Grapeland (Mission Tejas State Park & Grapeland Safari). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Oak Grove Cemetery.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nacogdoches trip builder site .

Getting from Vacherie to Nacogdoches by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Vacherie in April since evenings lows in Nacogdoches dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Nacogdoches

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grapeland, Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari, Heritage Center of Cherokee County, Texas, Davey Dogwood Park, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area ©
Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari ©
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site ©
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

3
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Escape the urban bustle at Santa Elena Canyon and Chisos Mountains. Step off the beaten path and head to Lost Mine Trail and The Window Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at The Balanced Rock, trek along S Rim Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ernst Tinaja Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Tuff Canyon Trail.

Plan my day in Big Bend National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Nacogdoches to Big Bend National Park by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nacogdoches in April: high temperatures in Big Bend National Park hover around 36°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

2
nights
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Davis National Historic Site, and then stroll through Madera Canyon Hiking Trail. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, then look and learn at McDonald Observatory, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Calera Chapel.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Davis day trip planning app .

Getting from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis by car takes about 4 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Big Bend National Park in May: high temperatures in Fort Davis hover around 32°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Angelo.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Calera Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
McDonald Observatory ©
McDonald Observatory
Calera Chapel ©
Calera Chapel

3
nights
San Angelo

San Angelo ©
San Angelo is a city in and the county seat of Tom Green County, Texas, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Fort McKavett State Historic Site and Caverns of Sonora. Get some cultural insight at Fort Chadbourne and Goodfellow AFB. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Historical Murals of San Angelo, identify plant and animal life at San Angelo Nature Center, explore the world behind art at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and look for gifts at Eggemeyer's General Store.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Angelo tour planner .

Getting from Fort Davis to San Angelo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Fort Davis in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Angelo, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Angelo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Caverns of Sonora, Fort McKavett State Historic Site, Fort Chadbourne
Highlights from your plan
Fort McKavett State Historic Site ©
Caverns of Sonora ©
Caverns of Sonora
Fort Chadbourne ©
Fort Chadbourne

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of the Pacific War and Pontotoc Vineyard. Explore hidden gems such as Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Step out of Fredericksburg to go to Mountain Home and see The Y.O. Ranch, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get engrossed in the history at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, and do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Angelo to Fredericksburg takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from San Angelo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fredericksburg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

The Y.O. Ranch, Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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.
Escape the urban bustle at The San Antonio River Walk and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Get some historical perspective at Mission San Jose and San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. Take a break from San Antonio with a short trip to Radha Madhav Dham in Austin, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of The Alamo, take in the history at Mission Concepcion, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, and browse the exhibits of The Guenther House Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fredericksburg in May: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Austin
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

1
night
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 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then admire all the interesting features of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. On the next day, stop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island travel app .

Getting from San Antonio to South Padre Island by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Antonio, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canyon.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 15th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Lighthouse Trail, take in breathtaking views at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and then head outdoors with Cow Girls and Cowboys in the West.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Canyon trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Canyon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from South Padre Island in May since evenings lows in Canyon dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canyon

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palo Duro Canyon State Park ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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