Texas and Louisiana by MotorhomeReference WW39068
On this tour you will experience the beguiling mix of history, mystery, cajun hospitality and food, Fun with a capital ‘F’ and music that Louisiana is so famous for! And then there’s Texas -The Lone Star State they describe as a ‘whole other country’ explore the cities and enjoy the sparkling expanses of windswept beaches, feast on the freshest seafood and relax under the warm Texas sky, it just doesn’t get any better than that!
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After enjoying some sightseeing in Houston and an overnight or 2, make your way to the Cruise America depot. Head to the Gulf of Mexico and historic Galveston Beach for the first night.
✪ 80 miles ★ Visit Moody Gardens, 242 acres part theme park and part pleasure garden. If you are travelling with the kids then a visit to Schlitterbahn Waterpark won’t disappoint featuring uphill water coasters, whitewater rapids and the Boogie Bahn Surf ride!
Heading north and away from the beaches to San Antonio, home of the famous Battle of the Alamo and discover the lingering cornerstones of great American History. Enjoy wandering the shops and café’s alongside the Canal.
✪ 185 miles to San Antonio ★ Flow through the heart of the city on a river cruiser and take in the beauty of the River Walk. San Antonio is home to 2 theme Parks so make time to visit SeaWorld to meet Shamu and experience thrilling roller coaster rides at Six Flags, Texas.
Continue north to Abeline. The Abilene park system includes 29 parks, occupying a total of 1,247.56 acres. The Abilene Zoo is a popular attraction. On every second Thursday evening of the month, Artwalk is held in downtown Abilene. During Artwalk all the local museums are free, local musicians and performers busk, and several crafters and artists set up booths and sell their wares.
✪ 255 miles to Abeline ★ Visit Abilene Zoo.
Today you head for Fort Worth. There is plenty to do at Yogi Bears Jellystone! Your campground for this evening. The prime focus is on family fun, with plenty of activities for everyone. Oh, yes – and Yogi Bear™ is always somewhere to be found. Kids will enjoy the great new pool facility - Pirates Cove with lots of water slides to keep them busy for a few hours!
✪ 155 miles to Burleson nr Fort Worth.
We suggest you take a little longer and divert off Interstate 30 to visit South Fork, home of the Ewings in Parker, Texas – northeast of Dallas. Texarkana is on the Texas/ Arkansas border and boasts Scott Joplin as a native, enroute visit the old western style town of Mount Pleasant, alternatively if you want to break the journey, this would be great a place to stop and add another night.
✪ 235 miles to Texarkana ★ Visit Americas most famous ranch – South Fork.
Today you visit 4 states! Texas to Arkansas; Arkansas to Louisiana; Louisiana to overnight in Natchez the oldest town in Mississippi. Tour a few of the majestic mansions that have drawn thousands of visitors to Natchez over the years. Take the short drive out to The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians and stroll the hallowed ground of the home of the city’s original inhabitants. There are ceremonial mounds at the site, along with a replica of an Indian dwelling.
✪ 265 miles to Vidalia near Natchez ★ Stop off for a tour of one of the majestic mansions en route. Take the 45 minute narrated, horse-drawn carriage tour of the historic district of Natchez. Visit Natchez National Historical Park.
Heading for the historic, gracious and unique city of New Orleans: the birthplace of jazz. You can walk from the French Quarter RV Park into the heart of New Orleans. The wonderful restaurants, the world famous music, nightlife and festivals for everyone might make you extend your stay here!
✪ 165 miles to New Orleans ★ Visit Jackson Square, Basin Street and Audubon park. Cruise the Mississippi aboard a paddle steamer. Join one of the Ranger lead daily walks through the French Quarter. Check with Preservation Hall if there are any performances during your stay.
Today you head for Louisiana’s State Capital, Baton Rouge: known affectionately as the Red Stick, rich in Louisiana culture, entertainment and heritage. Enroute be sure to stop off along The Great River Road and experience one of the many magnificent plantation homes telling the story of the rich and colourful history of Louisiana Plantation life. End your day in Lafayette the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will find it here!
✪ 135 miles to Lafayette ★ Visit the Old State Capital museum in Baton Rouge to learn about state and local history. Visit the beautiful cathedral of St John the Evangelist with 500 year old oak standing alongside and if you have time also visit the historic village Vermilionville a living history museum!
Heading back to Texas today but on the way stop at famous Lake Charles. In fact, if you can, extend your trip and enjoy a night here. Explore Lake Charles diverse offerings. Outdoor adventures also include a journey into Louisiana’s Outback along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road.
✪ 135 miles to Beaumont ★ Visit Charpentier Historic District and area museum for a glimpse into the past.
After breakfast drive the 75 miles back to Houston to return your Cruise America motorhome.