12 days in New Orleans & Washington DC Itinerary

12 days in New Orleans & Washington DC Itinerary

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12 days in New Orleans & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: McAllen
Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  18​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 8 nights
Drive:  26​h
End: McAllen

2
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.
On the 20th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Cabildo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, then wander the streets of Royal Street, and then get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans holiday planner .

McAllen to New Orleans is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from McAllen in June: highs in New Orleans hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

8
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Bring the kids along to National Air and Space Museum and National Zoological Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park & Victorian Photography Studio), The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring (in Sandy Spring) and Volcano Island Waterpark (in Sterling). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, get lost in a book at Library of Congress, ponder the world of politics at White House, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip maker app .

Fly from New Orleans to Washington DC in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 69°F in Washington DC. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Arlington, Gettysburg, Roddy Road Covered Bridge, Volcano Island Waterpark, The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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