10 days in San Antonio, Austin & New Orleans Itinerary

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San Antonio
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Austin
— 1 day
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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San Antonio — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, and finally explore the galleries of The Alamo. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, and finally stroll around Hemisfair Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio day trip planning tool.

Philadelphia to San Antonio is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to San Antonio. Traveling from Philadelphia in December, things will get somewhat warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 66°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Austin — 1 day

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Driskill, view the masterpieces at Wild About Music, steep yourself in history at Texas State Capitol, then wander the streets of Rainey Street, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Austin road trip planning site.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December in Austin, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 1 night

The Alamo City

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for New Orleans on the 27th (Tue).
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Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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New Orleans — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Destrehan Plantation. Visit Lake Lawn Metairie and Garden District for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, catch a live event at Smoothie King Center, view the masterpieces at Jamie Hayes Gallery, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read New Orleans trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Antonio in December, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 57°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Sun).
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