56 days in Texas, Louisiana Northshore & New Orleans Itinerary

56 days in Texas, Louisiana Northshore & New Orleans Itinerary

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Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
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San Antonio
— 6 nights
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Austin
— 6 nights
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Waco
— 3 nights
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Fort Worth
— 5 nights
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Dallas
— 5 nights
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South Padre Island
— 3 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 5 nights
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Houston
— 5 nights
Fly to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Drive to Mandeville
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Mandeville
— 6 nights
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New Orleans
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Fredericksburg — 4 nights

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Go for a jaunt from Fredericksburg to Kerrville to see Kerrville River Trail about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip planner.

New York City to Fredericksburg is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Fredericksburg, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 6 nights

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
San Antonio is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk, contemplate the long history of The Alamo, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, and get to know the resident critters at San Antonio Zoo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip tool.

Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Antonio, with lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Austin.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Austin — 6 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Go for a jaunt from Austin to Wimberley to see Taste of the Hills Wine Tours about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, don't miss a visit to Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Austin trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waco.
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Waco — 3 nights

Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Explore Waco's surroundings by going to Franklin Ranch Comminty Park (in Franklin) and Cedron Creek Park (in Morgan). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cameron Park Zoo, get curious at Mayborn Museum Complex, see the interesting displays at Waco Mammoth National Monument, and snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Waco trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Austin to Waco in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Waco sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fort Worth.
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Fort Worth — 5 nights

Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Worth: North Texas Lake Charters (in Denton) and Your Private Collection Art Gallery (in Granbury). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Top O'Hill Terrace, take an in-depth tour of Log Cabin Village, learn the secrets of beer at Texas Bar-B-Q Tour, and see the interesting displays at Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fort Worth online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Waco to Fort Worth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Dallas.
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Dallas — 5 nights

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chestnut Square Historic Village (in McKinney), Andy Brown Park East (in Coppell) and Toilet Seat Museum (in Alamo Heights). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, relax in the rural setting at Blase Family Farm, and walk around Reverchon Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dallas trip site.

Traveling by car from Fort Worth to Dallas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to South Padre Island.
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South Padre Island — 3 nights

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Venture out of the city with trips to Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum (in Harlingen) and Laguna Madre (in Corpus Christi). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, trot along with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle, Inc., and get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail.

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Fly from Dallas to South Padre Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Dallas, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Galveston.
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Galveston, Galveston Island — 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galveston: Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church & Cemetery (in Lake Jackson), Quintana Beach (in Quintana) and Get The Net Fishing Charters (in Kemah). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Cattail Marsh, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Galveston Island Brewing, admire the natural beauty at Helen's Garden, and learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galveston trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Galveston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Galveston can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.
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Houston — 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: Splashway Waterpark (in Sheridan), Aunique Ranch Gypsy Cob Vanner Horses (in Huntsville) and Jason Catchings Hunting and Fishing Adventures (in Liberty). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, stroll through Cockrell Butterfly Center, get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and stroll around Buffalo Bayou Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Houston attractions planner.

Getting from Galveston to Houston by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mandeville.
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Mandeville — 6 nights

Mandeville is a small city in St. Explore Mandeville's surroundings by going to Crosby Arboretum (in Picayune), Shore Thing Fishing Charters (in Bay Saint Louis) and Olde Towne Slidell Main Street (in Slidell). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Kliebert & Sons Gator Tours, stroll through Global Wildlife Center, hike along Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, and examine the collection at Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mandeville vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Houston to Mandeville. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 7 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and walk around New Orleans City Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Orleans trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Mandeville to New Orleans takes an hour. When traveling from Mandeville in July, plan for little chillier days in New Orleans, with highs around 80°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Texas travel guide

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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.
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