9 days in Saint Louis, New Orleans & Minneapolis Itinerary

9 days in Saint Louis, New Orleans & Minneapolis Itinerary

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9 days in Saint Louis, New Orleans & Minneapolis Itinerary

Washington DC
Fly:  4​h
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Washington DC

2
days
Saint Louis

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Missouri Botanical Garden, then ponder the world of politics at Gateway Arch & Old Courthouse, and then steep yourself in history at The Gateway Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, then meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo, and then examine the collection at City Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis vacation trip planner.

Washington DC to Saint Louis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. June in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Saint Louis Zoo
The Gateway Arch
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

3
days
New Orleans

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, meet the residents at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and make a trip to Jackson Square.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New Orleans trip generator.

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint Louis in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
French Quarter
The National WWII Museum
Garden District

2
days
Minneapolis

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 7th (Thu), get your game on at Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Cafesjian's Carousel, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis travel planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Minneapolis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in June, Minneapolis is cooler at night with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota, Mall of America
Highlights from your plan
Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota
Mall of America
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