11 days in Destin, New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

11 days in Destin, New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Destin-Ft Walton Beach Airport, Drive to Miramar Beach
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Miramar Beach
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Miramar Beach

— 1 night
Miramar Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Walton County, Florida, United States. On the 10th (Sat), stroll through Crystal Sands Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Henderson Beach State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Miramar Beach road trip planning tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Miramar Beach is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Zurich to Miramar Beach, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in October; daily highs in Miramar Beach reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Miramar Beach

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Do your shopping at Jamie Hayes Gallery and Faulkner House Books. Discover out-of-the-way places like Immaculate Conception Church and Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, wander the streets of Faubourg Marigny, and visit Garden District.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans tour planner.

Traveling by car from Miramar Beach to New Orleans takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Miramar Beach, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Richard H. Driehaus Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago. Do your shopping at Chicago Cultural Center and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville), Elmhurst History Museum (in Elmhurst) and South Bend (Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral, and take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chicago trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from New Orleans to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in October, Chicago is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Destin travel guide

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Parasailing & Paragliding · Water Sports · Fishing Charters & Tours
World's Luckiest Fishing Village
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations. The city originated as a small fishing village, but today tourists from all over the world flock here to enjoy itineraries filled with dolphin cruises, snorkeling, and superb sailing. The city boasts a lively nightlife scene, and when the sun sets, beachfront bars and seafood restaurants are abuzz with activity. The sand of Destin's idyllic beaches is considered to be some of the whitest in the world; made up of finely ground quartz crystal, it resembles sugar.