10 days in New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

10 days in New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

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10 days in New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Attractions like Jackson Square and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, take a stroll through Garden District, and get to know the resident critters at Audubon Zoo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read New Orleans online driving holiday planner .

Los Angeles to New Orleans is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ©
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Family-friendly places like Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: South Bend (Basilica of the Sacred Heart & University of Notre Dame), Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple (in Aurora) and Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, shop like a local with The Magnificent Mile, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip maker app .

You can fly from New Orleans to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

South Bend, Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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