22 days in New Orleans, Gulf Shores & Panama City Beach Itinerary

22 days in New Orleans, Gulf Shores & Panama City Beach Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

Make it your trip
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Gulf Shores
— 10 nights
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Panama City Beach
— 7 nights
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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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and wander the streets of Garden District.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Orleans trip planner.

Detroit to New Orleans is an approximately 18-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Detroit in October, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Gulf Shores

— 10 nights
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gulf Shores: Mobile (Mobile Carnival Museum, Mobile Police History Museum, &more), Bellingrath Gardens and Home (in Theodore) and Alligator Alley (in Summerdale). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, view the masterpieces at Pottery Central World Headquarters, and tee off at Gulf Shores Golf Club.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gulf Shores driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Gulf Shores takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Gulf Shores: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Panama City Beach

— 7 nights

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Get out of town with these interesting Panama City Beach side-trips: Miramar Beach (Waterfront Gifts and Art & Emerald Coast Wine Cellars), Fort Walton Beach (Okaloosa Island & Air Force Armament Museum) and Santa Rosa Beach (Blue Mountain Beach & Santa Rosa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Destin Harbor Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Andrews State Park, and get your game on at NexGen VR.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City Beach planner.

You can drive from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips