24 days in Durham, Chicago & New Orleans Itinerary

24 days in Durham, Chicago & New Orleans Itinerary

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24 days in Durham, Chicago & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Durham
1
Durham
— 14 nights
2
Durham
— 3 nights
Drive:  13​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​h 15​min
4
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
End: Durham

14
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Get out of town with these interesting Durham side-trips: Pittsboro (Carolina Tiger Rescue, Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts, & more), Raleigh (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Museum of History, & more) and Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve (in Cary). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, engage your brain at Museum of Life + Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Zoo, and examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Durham trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Raleigh Durham International Airport, Piedmont Triad International Airport and Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Greensboro, Burlington
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Cameron Indoor Stadium ©
Cameron Indoor Stadium

3
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to American Tobacco Historic District, don't miss a visit to Downtown Chapel Hill, and then contemplate the long history of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Frankie's Fun Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then ponder the world of politics at North Carolina State Capitol.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Durham trip planning site .

On the 6th (Thu), you're off toChicago.

Things to do in Durham

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Raleigh, Downtown Chapel Hill, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Frankie's Fun Park ©
Frankie's Fun Park
Downtown Chapel Hill ©
Downtown Chapel Hill

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium. On the next day, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and then explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago route maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Durham to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In December, Chicago is a bit cooler than Durham - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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 9th (Sun), make a trip to Jackson Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and then wander the streets of Garden District.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to New Orleans takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District