South Central US LDS Temple Tour  
   Apr 23, 2019 - May 2, 2019
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Tuesday, April 23.  This morning we board our flight for Texas arriving in San Antonio in the early afternoon.  We will check into our hotel on the famous Riverwalk (for two nights) where we’ll have some time to explore this unique urban masterpiece.  We’ll enjoy a delicious welcome dinner tonight on the most famous restaurant on the river:  Casa Rio.  This sits on land first granted by the king of Spain in 1777.  You’ll love the cedar doors, window lintels, fireplace and thick rock walls.  After dinner you’ll have time on your own to wander the lovely paths along the river. D


April 24:  After breakfast today, we’ll drive out to the beautiful San Antonio Temple and enjoy a 9:00 AM session.  We’ll then return to the hotel, change and enjoy lunch at the famous El Mercado, with various shops and restaurants.  In the afternoon, we’ll see an IMAX film entitled Alamo… The Price of Freedom where we’ll learn of the interesting struggle for Texas independence.  We’ll then walk down the block and visit the Alamo where we’ll have a guided walking tour of the grounds.  It is fascinating history and an interesting place to visit in the heart of the city.  After a rest at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a 40 minute narrated boat ride on the San Antonio River, which is shaded by towering cypress, oak, and willow trees, and is bordered by gardens of flowering ornamental plants. You are then free for the evening to enjoy dinner on your own along the beautiful river. B


April 25:  We continue our journey today enjoying a morning drive into Houston (about 3.5  hours away) where we’ll enjoy an afternoon session in the Houston Temple, in a lovely suburb.  Our hotel is close by.  After checking in and resting, we’ll enjoy dinner as a group this evening.  B, D


April 26:  This morning we will visit the Johnson Space Center which is a must see in this area. An interesting tram tour takes us through the grounds sharing the interesting history as well as showcasing current projects. For lunch, we’ll visit the nearby Kemah Boardwalk with fun shops and restaurants along the Gulf of Mexico.  After lunch, we continue through eastern Texas into Louisiana, staying near Baton Rouge. We plan to visit the temple tonight or in the morning*. B


April 27:  This is an interesting part of the country. We’ll show you some gems in Baton Rouge before driving a short distance to the Oak Alley Plantation, perhaps the most famous in this area. Set on the shores of the Mississippi and famous centuries old Oak Trees welcome visitors to the house and grounds of this grand plantation. From there, it is just an hour into New Orleans where we will spend two nights.  Welcome to the Big Easy!  We’ll enjoy an interesting walking tour of the French Quarter this afternoon ending with a delicious included dinner in that area. B, D 


April 28:  Today is Sunday.  We’ll attend Sacrament Meeting at 9:00 AM at a nearby meetinghouse.  We’ll then change our clothing and enjoy lunch in the French Market area (on your own).  This afternoon, a guide will join us and show several unique sites of the city including Jackson Square, The Garden District, the interesting cemetery (you’ll see), Lake Pontchartrain and much more.  You’ll enjoy some time on your own this evening – there is plenty to do within walking distance.  B


April 29:  After breakfast, we’ll drive out to the Bayou and board our boat for an interesting Swamp Tour.  Keep your hands and arms inside as we’ll be seeing alligators and other reptiles as well as some very interesting natural beauty.  It is an activity all of our groups have enjoyed. We will then board our bus and drive in a northeast direction through central Mississippi and into Birmingham, Alabama. We’ll be making some interesting stops along the way.  Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening. B, D


April 30: The highest rated botanical garden in the south is here in Birmingham and it is spectacular this time of year. It is called the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and we’ll spend about 2 hours enjoying the spring flora. After lunch, a local guide will join us and as you’ll see, there are some very interesting things to see in this area.  After changing at our hotel, we’ve included an early dinner at Cracker Barrel followed by a session in the Birmingham TempleB, D


May 1: Our morning drive takes us into the Atlanta area (just two hours away). We’ll go straight to Stone Mountain which is a must see in this area. The natural setting, giant granite carving and interesting history make this an interesting place to visit. We have included a cable car ride to the top of the mountain for the stunning views. We’ll check into our hotel at about 3:00 and change.  An early dinner is included prior to our 6:00 session at the Atlanta Temple. Our hotel is in the town of Stone Mountain, Georgia.  B, D


May 2:  Today we’ll travel into Atlanta and meet our local guide who will show us around the city this morning. Atlanta is full us history and natural beauty and we’ll enjoy a bit of each. After lunch, we’ve included a tour of EITHER the CNN Center or World of Coca Cola.    From there, we’ll drive to the airport for our early evening flight home.  B   


Note:   If you wish to participate in sessions at the different temples, you will need to bring your own temple clothing.  If you bring them in their own case, we will store them under the bus in a separate bin so that it is easy to get to them each time we arrive at one of the temples.  Several of these temples (like Birmingham Baton Rouge) don’t have clothing for rent. *Baton Rouge Temple is currently being renovated and is scheduled

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