There’s nothing like hitting the road down south. This itinerary will give you a look at everything from ‘gators and swamps to rockin’ music scenes and city nightlife. Here’s an epic southern road trip itinerary from Florida to Texas!

Florida to Texas: An epic southern road trip itinerary

  1. Miami, Florida
  2. St Petersburg, Florida
  3. Tallahassee, Florida
  4. Mobile, Alabama
  5. New Orleans, Louisiana
  6. Lafayette, Louisiana
  7. Houston, Texas
  8. Austin, Texas

St Petersburg, Florida

Miami to St Petersburg

  • Start in Miami. Hit up the famous South Beach, Little Havana, the Art Deco District, and Wynwood Walls.
  • Drive west through the Everglades to see some ‘gators. Be sure to do an Airboat Tour, and stop in at the Shark Valley Observatory Tower.
  • Finish the day at St Petersburg. Spend the evening checking out St Pete’s Beach and the famous Loews Don CeSar Hotel.

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St Petersburg to Tallahassee

  • Before leaving St Petersburg, do the Sunken Gardens and Tampa Riverwalk.
  • On the way north, stop in at Devils Den Spring to snorkel or dive.
  • Once you get to Tallahassee, spend some time exploring the Historic Capitol Museum and Capitol Observatory, Maclay Gardens State Park, Governor’s Mansion, and Museum of Florida History.

Where to stay: Courtyard by Marriott Tallahassee Capital

Alabama

Tallahassee to Mobile

  • On the drive out of Tallahassee, stop in at Wakulla Springs State Park to get your nature fix.
  • Head west to Mobile, Alabama. Be sure to visit Dauphin Street and the Battleship USS Alabama. If you’ve got time, take a tour out to Middle Bay Lighthouse and also check out the Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island.

Where to stay: Fort Conde Inn Mobile

New Orleans, Louisiana

Mobile to New Orleans

  • Take Highway 90 along the coast of Mississippi and Louisiana to spot some of the famous stilt houses.
  • Stop in at Biloxi to walk along the pier and check out the beach.
  • Explore New Orleans, and make sure you visit Frenchmen StreetBourbon Street, and the French Quarter. Be sure to eat a po-boy while you’re in NOLA.

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New Orleans to Lafayette

  • Do a Swamp and Bayou tour before you leave New Orleans.
  • Head west and stop in at Oak Alley Plantation along the way for a tour of the plantation.
  • Stop in at Baton Rouge for lunch. Check out the State Capitol Building while you’re there.

Where to stay: Holiday Inn Lafayette City Centre

Houston, Texas

Lafayette to Houston

  • Check out the Acadian Cultural Center, Vermillionville Historic Village, and take a boat tour to Atchafalaya Basin.
  • Visit Avery Island. Explore the Tabasco factory, and take a walk through the wildlife and bird sanctuary.
  • Once you arrive in Houston, head to the Art Car Museum, Beer Can House, and Waterwall Park. You could even see a rodeo at the Houston Livestock Show.

Austin, Texas

Houston to Austin

  • Get the full weird and wacky Austin experience by heading to the Museum of Weird.
  • Admire public art at the Cathedral of Junk and HOPE outdoor gallery.
  • Get snap happy at the Texas Capitol Building.

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