14 days in New Orleans & Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

14 days in New Orleans & Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Fly
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly to Fort Lauderdale, Bus to Naples, FL - McDonalds
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Naples
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sanibel Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarasota
— 2 nights
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New Orleans

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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, get to know the resident critters at Audubon Zoo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip planner.

New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: highs in New Orleans hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 51°F. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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nights
Naples

Step out of Naples with an excursion to Miromar Outlets between Naples & Fort Myers in Estero--about 32 minutes away.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Naples journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to Naples in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New Orleans in January; daily highs in Naples reach 75°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

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Sanibel Island

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Explore Sanibel Island's surroundings by going to Fort Myers Beach (in Fort Myers Beach) and Fort Myers (Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Manatee Park, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, stop by Bailey's General Store, kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, and get interesting insight from Tarpon Bay Explorers.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Naples to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sanibel Island are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Sarasota

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. On the 22nd (Fri), examine the collection at The Ringling, contemplate the long history of Ca d'Zan, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Myakka River State Park. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, then browse the different shops at St. Armands Circle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and finally stop by Pepper Palace.

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

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Sarasota in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Fishing Charters & Tours