11 days in Pensacola & New Orleans Itinerary

11 days in Pensacola & New Orleans Itinerary

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11 days in Pensacola & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  8​h
1
Pensacola
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: San Diego

4
nights
Pensacola

Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pensacola Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Navarre Beach (in Navarre) and Orange Beach (Parasailing & Paragliding & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at National Naval Aviation Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Henderson Beach State Park, pause for some photo ops at Wall South, and look for gifts at Joe Patti's Seafood Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pensacola trip planning tool .

San Diego to Pensacola is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Pensacola due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Diego in July; daily highs in Pensacola reach 91°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Pensacola

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Orange Beach, Destin, Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach
Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jackson Square and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, put a fun spin on your tour with Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game, stroll through Audubon Zoo, and stroll around New Orleans City Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read New Orleans trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Pensacola to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Pensacola in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ©
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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