8 days in Louisiana, Texas & Boulder Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
San Antonio
— 1 night
— 2 nights


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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Historic New Orleans Collection and Louisiana's Old State Capitol. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and USS Kidd. Go for a jaunt from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to see Capitol Park Museum - Louisiana State Museum about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Sazerac House, pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Church, steep yourself in history at Hermann-Grima House, and wander the streets of Faubourg Marigny.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read New Orleans trip planning site.

Atlanta to New Orleans is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Austin.
Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip

Austin — 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Austin Nature & Science Center, contemplate the long history of O. Henry Home & Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Salt Lick Cellars. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Austin trip planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Austin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in September, you will find days in Austin are somewhat warmer (93°F), and nights are little chillier (71°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to San Antonio.
Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
Side Trips

San Antonio — 1 night

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.
On the 15th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Steves Homestead, get engrossed in the history at Long Barracks Museum, then see the interesting displays at Louis Tussaud's Waxworks, and finally play a few rounds at Olympia Hills Golf Course.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Antonio road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in San Antonio are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Boulder.
Museums · Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors
Side Trip

Boulder — 2 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Settler's Park, then trek along Mesa Trail, and finally cast your line with Rocky Mountain Anglers. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valmont Bike Park, then grab your bike and head to Davidson Mesa, and then explore the activities along Thomas Reservior.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Boulder travel itinerary planner.

Fly from San Antonio to Boulder in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio to Boulder, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Antonio in September, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Boulder: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Louisiana travel guide

Nightlife · Historic Walking Areas · 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

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.