South Central States Itinerary (12 Days)

This itinerary was a 12-day self-driving road trip that looped through the South Central States (or the Southern Plains States depending on how you look at it). It started and ended in Dallas, Texas, and we did the driving loop in a counterclockwise manner. It turned out that we were fortunate to have planned our trip to do the loop in this manner because severe storms and flooding would have really impacted our trip even more had we done the loop in reverse as originally planned. While we weren't totally free from the bad weather and its effects, it could've been a lot worse had the timing of the trip been just a little different than it was. Anyways, the main motivation for doing this trip during the Spring Break period was to get together with Julie's cousins who live in the Dallas area. Of course while we're all the way out there, we mind as well visit waterfalls, and that was exactly what happened. We also visited some of the major cities as well as scratched a few things off Julie's bucket list.

Among with highlights of this trip included spending time in Austin during the SXSW Festival, visiting some surprisingly beautiful waterfalling spots like Hamilton Pool, Cedar Falls, and the Glory Hole, and scratching New Orleans off Julie's bucket list, which exceeded my own jaded expectations thanks to its unique blend of Creole Culture as reflected in its customs, architecture, and food. Finally, for the amount of time we had spent on the road, this was one of the cheaper trips we've done es we took adventage of our Hyatt Points so our three night stays in Austin as well as our three nights in New Orleans didn't cost anything besides parking. Plus, gas was way cheaper here than what we'd normally pay in California (almost $1/gallon cheaper in some parts of the South Central States).

Day Overnight Activity
1 Austin, TX
Hyatt Regency Downtown Austin
Travel, Car Rental Pickup, Gorman Falls
2 Austin, TX
Hyatt Regency Downtown Austin
McKinney Falls, Pedernales Falls, Flagship Whole Foods, 6th Street District (downtown Austin)
3 Austin, TX
Hyatt Regency Downtown Austin
State Capitol Building, The Driskill, Zilker Park, Congress Ave Bridge (no bats though), 6th Street District, Auditorium Shores,
4 New Orleans, LA
Hyatt House New Orleans Downtown
Hamilton Pool, La Barbecue
5 New Orleans, LA
Hyatt House New Orleans Downtown
French Quarter (Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Jackson Square, Historic French Market, Moon Walk)
6 New Orleans, LA
Hyatt House New Orleans Downtown
Laura Plantation, Oak Alley Plantation, French Quarter (Bourbon Street, Royal Street)
7 Bossier City, LA
Residence Inn by Marriott Shreveport-Bossier City/Downtown
New Orleans Garden District (Anne Rice House, Lafayette Cemetery), Clark Creek Waterfalls
8 Clarksville, AR
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clarksville
Cedar Falls, High Banks Twin Falls
9 Ardmore, OK
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Ardmore
Glory Hole Falls, Natural Falls (Dripping Springs)
10 Dallas, TX
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Turner Falls, 6th Floor Museum, Dealey Plaza
11 Fort Worth, TX
Hyatt Place DFW
Dallas World Aquarium, Pecan Lodge, Dallas Heritage Village, Klyde Warren Park, Reunion Tower, Frisco
12 Home Car Rental Return, Travel

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