4 days in Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Itinerary

4 days in Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Itinerary

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
New Orleans
— 2 nights


Galveston, Galveston Island

— 1 night

The Oleander City

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Living God Galveston, stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Galveston trip planner.

Seattle to Galveston is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Seattle in May, expect Galveston to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Museums

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 11th (Mon), don't miss a visit to French Quarter, then brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and then make a trip to Jackson Square. On the next day, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, and finally take a stroll through Garden District.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planner.

Fly from Galveston to New Orleans in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Galveston in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Science Museums
Stretching over 965 km (600 mi) from Louisiana to the Mexican border, the Texas Gulf Coast is the state's main region for outdoor activity and vacation getaways. Dotted with funky seaside villages, expansive national parks, and beautiful golden sand beaches, the Gulf Coast is only an hour's drive from Houston, the state's cultural and commercial hub. For some historical sightseeing, wander through centuries-old downtown Galveston, or head to South Padre Island for a tropical holiday.

Louisiana travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.