29 days in New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

29 days in New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

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29 days in New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
New Orleans
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Chicago
— 15 nights
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  18​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

12
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.
Visiting Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like French Quarter and Garden District. Change things up with these side-trips from New Orleans: Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle), Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and meet the residents at Audubon Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read New Orleans holiday maker app .

Birmingham, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to New Orleans is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in September, expect nights in New Orleans to be warmer, around 33°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery, Nottoway Plantation, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
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Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square

15
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step out of the city life by going to Three Oaks Recreation Area and Grand Mere State Park. Get a sense of the local culture at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to River Trail Nature Center (in Northbrook), Pirate's Cove Children's Theme Park (in Elk Grove Village) and Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Potato Creek State Park, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, and explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Chicago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans in September, expect nights in Chicago to be cooler, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Park, Lake Michigan, Willow Crest Golf Club, Three Oaks Recreation Area, River Trail Nature Center
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

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