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  1. Default SoCal to Louisiana

    Hi all.
    This is a very rough sketch of the trip a friend and I are planning for the summer:

    start: Cali --> ?????, AZ --> Las Cruces, NM // White Sands National Monument --> Roswell, NM --> Austin, TX --> destination: New Orleans, LA

    1) Would it be realistic to do this drive in 5-6 days?

    2) We've been through much of AZ before so we're not interested in staying there anymore than we need to since we've got a bit of a time crunch. We're thinking of alternating driving shifts past Arizona and heading straight to La Cruces. Doable?

    3) We want to spend a chunk of our time in Louisiana (which is about another week or so). We're visiting with a friend in New Orleans so that's where we'll be starting out, but we're more interested in the less tourist-y areas in south LA. Want to see the bayou and listen to local artists and eat real cajun food. Any recommendations for that?


    Thanks, everybody.

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    Default Comfortable enough.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    It would be quite a comfortable drive with 5 or 6 days. You don't say your exact starting point and getting to Las Cruces could be well beyond the safe limits of what we would recommend for a days travel. You don't want to push too hard on day 1 as it can have an adverse effect and leave you feeling weary for a couple of days. There shouldn't be any need to book that part of your journey so you could just see how you go, but plan on stopping before you get fatigued, perhaps one of the towns East of Tucson between Benson and Lordsburg. Carlsbad Caverns is another place you might want to visit in the White sands area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whoanelly View Post
    Hi all.
    This is a very rough sketch of the trip a friend and I are planning for the summer:

    start: Cali --> ?????, AZ --> Las Cruces, NM // White Sands National Monument --> Roswell, NM --> Austin, TX --> destination: New Orleans, LA

    1) Would it be realistic to do this drive in 5-6 days?

    2) We've been through much of AZ before so we're not interested in staying there anymore than we need to since we've got a bit of a time crunch. We're thinking of alternating driving shifts past Arizona and heading straight to La Cruces. Doable?

    3) We want to spend a chunk of our time in Louisiana (which is about another week or so). We're visiting with a friend in New Orleans so that's where we'll be starting out, but we're more interested in the less tourist-y areas in south LA. Want to see the bayou and listen to local artists and eat real cajun food. Any recommendations for that?


    Thanks, everybody.
    Yes, you can do that in 5 or 6 days if you leave extra time for New Orleans. Also remember that Texas is a killer, long driving, not much to see, feels like getting nowhere fast. It's huge. South California to Las Cruces, NM, can be done in one long day. (We stayed in Deming on a similar drive from Palm Springs, Cal.). If you're looking to spend time at New Mexico's sites, then spending another day or so visiting Texas, yes, it can be done. Day 1 drive to NM (assuming you're starting from S. Cal.), Day 2 & 3 enjoy NM, Day 4 & 5 drive through Texas and see some sites. From Austin or San Antonio it's a VERY long day's drive to New Orleans, so pace yourself (Day 6).

    In southern Louisiana, check out some plantations, check out the areas around Houma, Donaldsonville, Thibodaux, for history and Cajun stuff. Cajun food can be found anywhere, just sniff, if your nose burns from seasoning, you're in the right place. lol Since I don't go in for Cajun stuff, I have no recommendations, but it's not difficult to find it, it's everywhere. The Lafayette area is also very Cajun, it's about a 2-hour drive from New Orleans. The other cities mentioned are about an hour's drive from the Big Easy. Roads are good all the way. Well, except for the bumpy ride on I-10 in places, which doesn't do car damage but is surely annoying. Smaller highways are very good.

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