10 days in Mississippi, New Orleans & Alabama`s Gulf Coast Itinerary

10 days in Mississippi, New Orleans & Alabama`s Gulf Coast Itinerary

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10 days in Mississippi, New Orleans & Alabama`s Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Vicksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Orange Beach
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Richmond

2
nights
Vicksburg

Vicksburg ©
Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Old Courthouse. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at U.S.S. Cairo Museum, then walk around Vicksburg National Military Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Presbyterian Church of Port Gibson, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary Basilica.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Vicksburg online journey builder .

Richmond to Vicksburg is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Richmond to Vicksburg due to the time zone difference. August in Vicksburg sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Vicksburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Natchez, Jackson, First Presbyterian Church of Port Gibson
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Vicksburg National Military Park ©
Vicksburg National Military Park
U.S.S. Cairo Museum ©
U.S.S. Cairo Museum
Longwood ©
Longwood

4
nights
New Orleans

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.
Head to Royal Street and Louisiana Music Factoryfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Garden District and French Quarter. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Frenchmen Street, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our New Orleans travel planner.

Traveling by car from Vicksburg to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Vicksburg in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Orange Beach.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

3
nights
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Kids will enjoy Dolphin & Whale Watching and Alligator Alley. Do your shopping at Tanger Outlets Foley and Pottery Central World Headquarters. There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Chocolate Corner, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Orange Beach trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from New Orleans to Orange Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New Orleans in August, expect nights in Orange Beach to be little chillier, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Alligator Alley, Tanger Outlets Foley
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Alligator Alley ©
Alligator Alley

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