51 days in Louisiana, Texas & Oklahoma Itinerary

51 days in Louisiana, Texas & Oklahoma Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 6 nights
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Breaux Bridge
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 6 nights
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San Antonio
— 5 nights
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Big Bend National Park
— 5 nights
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Canyon
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Tulsa
— 8 nights
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Plano
— 5 nights
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Jefferson
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Houston
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New Orleans

— 6 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.
Get outdoors at Happiness Bayou Tours and Chalmette National Historical Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at French Quarter and St. Louis Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Slidell (Tammany Trace & Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge), Mandeville (Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center & Northlake Nature Center) and Tammany Trace (in Abita Springs). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, stroll the grounds of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, get outside with Marsh and Bayou Outfitters, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip app.

Hobart, Australia to New Orleans is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hobart to New Orleans is minus 16 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in September: high temperatures in New Orleans hover around 33°C and lows are around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Breaux Bridge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Breaux Bridge

— 2 nights
Breaux Bridge is a small city in St. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site, then get interesting insight from The Atchafalaya Experience, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Martin de Tours and then immerse yourself in nature at Palmetto Island State Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Breaux Bridge day trip planning site.

Drive from New Orleans to Breaux Bridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from New Orleans in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Breaux Bridge, with highs around 38°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Breaux Bridge

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 2 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our South Padre Island trip planner.

You can fly from Breaux Bridge to South Padre Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Breaux Bridge in September, South Padre Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Austin

— 6 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Step out of the city life by going to Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and Barton Springs Pool. Get some historical perspective at Texas State Capitol and Austin Hindu Temple. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Play for all park (in Round Rock), Wolfdancer Golf Club (in Cedar Creek) and Hamilton Pool Preserve (in Dripping Springs). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, explore the fascinating underground world of Inner Space Cavern, identify plant and animal life at Austin Nature & Science Center, and hike along Shoal Creek Greenbelt.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Austin tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Austin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in September since evenings lows in Austin dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 5 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Alamo and Little Church of La Villita. Step out of the city life by going to Natural Bridge Caverns and The Y.O. Ranch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Boerne (Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area & Cave Without a Name) and Teach 'Em to Fish (in Spring Branch). Next up on the itinerary: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, grab your bike and head to Bike World, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio tour planner.

Getting from Austin to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Big Bend National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Visiting Chisos Mountains and Ernst Tinaja Trail will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: trek along Lost Mine Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Emory Peak, stroll through Closed Canyon, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dug Out Wells Picnic Area and Nature Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Bend National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from San Antonio to Big Bend National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, daytime highs in Big Bend National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

— 2 nights
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Smith Spring, then hike along Devil's Hall Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Big Bend National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Big Bend National Park in October; daily highs in Guadalupe Mountains National Park reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Canyon.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Canyon

— 1 night
Canyon is a city in, and the county seat of, Randall County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lighthouse Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and then explore by horseback at Old West Stables.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Canyon road trip planning tool.

Drive from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Canyon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Canyon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Guadalupe Mountains National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canyon, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tulsa.

Things to do in Canyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Tulsa

— 8 nights

Buckle of the Bible Belt

Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and Atlas Life Building. Get outdoors at Mary K. Oxley Nature Center and Disney/Little Blue Area at Grand Lake State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame & St. Joseph Old Cathedral), Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (in Bartlesville) and Pawhuska (Osage Hills State Park & Tallgrass Prairie Preserve). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Ray Harral Nature Park, admire the masterpieces at Philbrook Museum of Art, explore the landscape on two wheels at Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tulsa trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Canyon to Tulsa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Canyon in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tulsa, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Plano.

Things to do in Tulsa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Plano

— 5 nights
Plano is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Park and The Interurban Railway Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plano: Wat Buddharatnaram (in Fort Worth), LBJ National Grasslands (in Decatur) and International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (in Boyd). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Tucker Tower Nature Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, play a few rounds at TopGolf The Colony, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cistercian Abbey.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Plano trip planning website.

You can drive from Tulsa to Plano in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and tram. Traveling from Tulsa in October, Plano is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Jefferson.

Things to do in Plano

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Jefferson

— 1 night
Jefferson is a historic city in Marion County in northeastern Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Grove, examine the collection at Museum of Measurement and Time, then cast your line with Caddo Lake Bayou Tours, and finally explore the activities along Caddo Lake State Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Jefferson trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Plano to Jefferson in 3 hours. Traveling from Plano in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Jefferson, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Jefferson

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Houston

— 6 nights

Bayou City

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.
Visiting Jason Catchings Hunting and Fishing Adventures and Cockrell Butterfly Center will get you outdoors. Visit Barrington Living History Farm and Lakewood Church for their historical value. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Pine Gully Park (in Seabrook), Baytown Nature Center (in Baytown) and Armand Bayou Nature Center (in Pasadena). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Texas Wolfdog Project, hike along White Oak Bayou Trail, stroll through Terry Hershey Park, and stroll around Arthur Storey Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Houston tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jefferson to Houston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Jefferson in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Houston, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Oklahoma travel guide

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Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.