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New Orleans to San Antonio via Houston

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

New Orleans to San Antonio road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New Orleans to San Antonio. If you're planning a road trip to San Antonio, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in New Orleans
drive for about 1 hour

11:14 am  Baton Rouge
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:14 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:15 pm  Lafayette
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:15 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:27 pm  Lake Charles
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:27 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:34 pm  Nederland (Texas)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Nederland (Texas)
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:26 am  Houston
eat at Uchi
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 1:56 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:15 pm  eat at Gruene Hall
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:15 pm
drive for about 48 minutes

7:03 pm  arrive in San Antonio
eat at Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
stay at Hilton Palacio del Rio

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Baton Rouge  (23 answers)
    Chelsea's Cafe  (4 mentions)
    The Varsity Theatre  (3 mentions)
    questions about Baton Rouge:
        Great music spots in Baton Rouge?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Baton Rouge?
        Must Eats in Baton Rouge?

Lafayette  (9 answers)
    questions about Lafayette:
        What's the best neighborhood in Lafayette for a first time visitor?

Lake Charles  (3 answers)

Nederland (Texas)

Houston  (119 answers)
    Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
    Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
    Houston Museum of Natural Science  (5 mentions)
    Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
    Miller Outdoor Theatre  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Houston:
        Uchi
        Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
        Gatlin's BBQ
        Hugo's
        Goode Company Barbeque
    questions about Houston:
        Best Mexican restaurants in town?
        MD Anderson patient
        Young Professional Neighborhood
        Favorite places to eat in Houston?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?

Gruene Hall  (5 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in San Antonio?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in San Antonio.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hilton Palacio del Rio, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Embassy Suites  (3 mentions)
Mokara Hotel & Spa  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Antonio? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in San Antonio?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Acenar  (4 mentions)
Bliss  (3 mentions)
Luke  (3 mentions)
The Guenther House  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Antonio? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in San Antonio?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Riverwalk  (12 mentions)
The Alamo  (8 mentions)
The Alamo  (5 mentions)
Pearl Brewery  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Antonio. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in San Antonio?  (20 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?  (11 answers)

profile  Pattie from Boise asked:
Must do in SA; and nearest fishing port?  (10 answers)

profile  Patrick from Shreveport asked:
Top 3 Must Visit Places in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

profile  Molly from asked:
What are all the local favorite spots in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a San Antonio to New Orleans drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from New Orleans to San Antonio. Or get a full New Orleans to San Antonio flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know New Orleans well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about New Orleans!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 544 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 7 minutes
230 New Orleans travel answers
23 Baton Rouge travel answers
9 Lafayette travel answers
3 Lake Charles travel answers
1 Nederland (Texas) travel answer
119 Houston travel answers
91 San Antonio travel answers





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