See more of the USA by adding an epic road trip to your New Orleans holiday itinerary. Resident Mike Welch recommends three of the best drives, starting in his home city. Simply hire a car and hit the open road…
New Orleans to Houston, Texas
Best for… museum enthusiasts
The journey: 350 miles, 5-6 hours
New Orleans may be known for its hard-partying ways, but it’s also a bastion of world-class art. Before starting your road trip, visit the New Orleans Museum of Art, one of the oldest fine arts museums in the city, and look out for artists including Renoir, Matisse and Georgia O’Keeffe. On a sunny day, make a beeline for the museum’s sculpture garden – a five-acre landscaped area behind the main building. If your tastes are more modern, visit the Contemporary Arts Center and its neighbour, the esteemed Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Both focus on the fascinating history of America’s 15 southern states.
Cross over from swampy Louisiana to the dry heat of Houston. Avoid the I-10 Highway and opt for Louisiana’s River Road, with its miles of verdant levees, punctuated by massive plantation homes
Once your cultural curiosity has been sated (for the time being, at least) pick up a hire car and cross over from swampy Louisiana to the dry heat of Houston. Avoid the I-10 Highway and opt for Louisiana’s River Road, with its miles of verdant levees, punctuated by massive plantation homes. Newly opened, the gorgeous and haunting Whitney Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana, is America’s first museum dedicated to the study of slavery.