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San Antonio – New Orleans

The Best of the South

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From Texas to Louisiana, this 6-day road trip takes you through San Antonio, Houston, Lafayette and New Orleans. Jam-packed with history, comfort food and culture, this trip is ideal for couples or older families who want to enjoy the best of the south.

The driving will take around 8-10 hours and we recommend taking the Interstate 10 (I-10), which will take you from San Antonio to New Orleans.

Start: San Antonio

Finish: New Orleans

Duration: 885km – 6 Days

Day 1: San Antonio

Welcome to San Antonio, arguably one of America’s most historic cities. This Texan city possesses a rich past; being first colonised by Spanish-Mexico around 400 years ago and only joining the rest of the USA in 1845. With such a complex history, come valued historical sites. Make sure you don’t miss the Alamo Mission, founded in the 18th century as a Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound.

We Recommend: Stay the night along the iconic River Walk. You’ll be well-situated, within walking distance to shops, eateries and entertainment.

Day 2: San Antonio

Start day 2 by a stroll on the River Walk and discovering a cosy spot to enjoy a relaxed brunch. If you’re feeling particularly languid, travel down the water on a river boat. There are a number of museums and galleries to tickle your fancy. Check out the Witte Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

We Recommend: For a late night, spend it at ‘Cullum’s Attagirl,’ where you’ll find craft beer on tap and finger lickin'good fried chicken.

San Antonio, TX

Day 3: San Antonio,TX to Houston,TX

Duration: 320km – 3hrs

Today you’ll drive to Houston. Get onto the I-10 W and the rest of the driving should be pretty straightforward. About an hour into the drive you’ll come across Buc-ee’s, a must-stop on your trip. Buc-ee’s is a large gas station with clean bathrooms and a great selection of food and souvenirs. Some have even gone as far to say it’s an iconic Texas institution. After the pit stop, continue driving east to Houston.

Day 4: Houston

Start your day with a Houston classic breakfast spot. We recommend The Breakfast Klub for diner-style American eats and soul food, including chicken and waffles. This spot can be busy, so be prepared to wait.

Being the largest city in the southern United States, there’s a lot to see and do and you’ll no doubt find something to catch your attention. However, if you’re in Houston you can’t go past its important contribution to space exploration as the home of NASA’s Johnson Space Institute. You can visit the Space Centre to grasp a greater understanding of the cosmos and see the world’s largest public collection of moon rocks and lunar samples.

Houston, TX

Day 5: Houston,TX to Lafayette, LA

Duration: 350km – 3.5hrs

You’ll be leaving for Lafayette today via the I-10 E. Lafayette is considered the centre of Acadiana, the area of Cajun and Creole culture in Louisiana and the United States. About 40 mins before Lafayette you’ll come across Ace Donuts, perfect for an inexpensive sweet treat on your way into town. Once in Lafayette check out the Acadian Village, a showcase of 19th-century life in Southwest Louisiana with historic homes, blacksmith shop and general store.

Tip: Stay the night in a restored B&B, such as the Plantation Mouton – an emblematic example of Antebellum-era architecture.

lafayette, LA

Day 6: Lafayette,LA to New Orleans

Duration: 215km – 2hrs

New Orleans (pronounced New Or-lens) is your final destination. You’ll want to spend at least 2 nights here as there’s a wide-range of things to do. Having a car here will be useful as there are plantations outside of town that are worth visiting. For history buffs, visit the USA’s 4th highest rated museum (TripAdvisor, 2016), The World War II museum; or drive out to the Oak Alley Plantation. Located on the Mississippi River, the Oak Alley Plantation presents historic grounds and exhibits for you to learn, contemplate and understand what life would have been like for both the plantation families and the enslaved.

Mardi Gras is probably New Orlean’s most iconic annual event, usually held in February or early March. If you’re planning to be in the city at another time of year, visit Mardi Gras World. This attraction is a working warehouse where the floats for Mardi Gras and other events are produced. Check out the sculptured props, huge floats, outrageous costumes, and all kinds of memorabilia. Guided tours are offered daily and go through the workshops where artists and sculptors work on their amazing creations. Other must-dos are a ghost tour in the French Quarter and shopping and dining on Magazine Street.

Tip: It’s also important to note that from April through to October there are loads of local festivals, all over the city. Many of them are free and a great way to enjoy the rich and lively culture of New Orleans.

New Orleans, LA

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