We’re blessed to live in a city so centrally located. A quick, easy drive offers access to all the diverse sights south Louisiana has to offer, from the Cajun heartland of Lafayette to the picturesque Pontchartrain northshore to the Big Easy.
And we’re just as lucky to live in a place sandwiched between so many other buzzing, growing Southern states. Make a four- to five-hour drive, and you’ll be rewarded with Texas’ western vibes and world-class culinary scene, Tennessee’s rich music history and Florida and Alabama’s serene beaches. And if you’re willing to buckle up for a seven- to eight-hour drive, you’ll be rewarded with the beauty of Florida’s “Forgotten Coast,” that special weirdness Austin is famous for, and the music mecca of Nashville.
We visited each of these spots for you, snapping pictures on our iPhones of the best restaurants and hangouts we could find. Click around below for nine road trip itineraries to help you plan your getaway just in time for all of summer ’17’s holiday weekends.
SOUTHERN ROAD TRIPS
OUT-OF-STATE SPOTS WORTH THE DRIVE
NEARBY GETAWAYS JUST AN HOUR FROM HOME