5 days in New Orleans & Florida Keys Itinerary

5 days in New Orleans & Florida Keys Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly to Miami, Shuttle to Marathon
Drive to Miami International Airport, Fly to St Louis Lambert International Airport, Drive to Salem


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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, and then don't miss a visit to French Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, stop by Garden District, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, and finally go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip planning website.

Salem to New Orleans is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect much hotter evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Salem in March, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours


Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach and then stroll through Bahia Honda State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marathon trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from New Orleans to Marathon takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Marathon is 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in March, expect Marathon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Florida Keys travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Landmarks · Wildlife Areas
An archipelago of about 1,700 islands extending in a gentle arc south and southwest of Florida's mainland, the Florida Keys divide the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico. Many visitors on vacation come to scuba dive in the coral reefs, fossilized and exposed as sea levels declined over thousands of years. In addition to being one of the world's top diving and fishing spots, the Keys feature hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, and various tourist attractions, most of them crowded all year long with visitors on vacation. To soak up the Keys' atmosphere and discover writer Ernest Hemingway's former haunts, drive from one island to the other all the way to Key West, located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba.