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
Una volta saziata la curiosità culturale (almeno per il momento) prendi un'auto a noleggio e attraversa la paludosa Louisiana fino al caldo secco di Houston. Evita la Interstate Highway I-10 Highway e opta invece per la River Road della Louisiana, con le sue miglia di argini verdeggianti e costellata da grandi case coloniche. Inaugurato di recente, lo splendido e inquietante Whitney Plantation a Edgard, Louisiana, è il primo museo d'America dedicato allo studio della schiavitù.