17 days in Wilmington, New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

17 days in Wilmington, New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

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New Orleans
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Chicago
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Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Blind Elephant has been added to your itinerary. Historic District and Downtown Wilmington are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've also included these beaches for you: Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Oak Island Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: New Bern (New Bern Fireman's Museum, Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, &more), Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC (in Swansboro) and Surf City (Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center & Topsail Island). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Camp, contemplate the long history of Poplar Grove Plantation, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Bizarre.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington journey planning app.

Springfield to Wilmington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Wilmington. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Chalmette National Historical Park and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Garden District and Royal Street. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, see the interesting displays at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New Orleans trip maker site.

Fly from Wilmington to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wilmington to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Wilmington in July, plan for little chillier days in New Orleans, with highs around 80°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Rosewood Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Whihala Beach in Whiting, approximately Whiting away. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, walk around Millennium Park, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago online journey maker.

Getting from New Orleans to Chicago by train takes about 20 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Chicago, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips