6 days in New Orleans & Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

6 days in New Orleans & Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly to Tampa, Bus to Venice, FL - McDonalds, Taxi to Englewood
— 1 night
Fort Myers Beach
— 1 night
Sanibel Island
— 1 day


New Orleans — 3 nights

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 26th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, then stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and then make a trip to French Quarter.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans vacation planning website.

Denver to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Denver in December, plan for a bit warmer days in New Orleans, with highs around 57°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Englewood.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Englewood — 1 night

Englewood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Charlotte and Sarasota counties in the U.S. state of Florida. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Venice Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Englewood road trip planning site.

Getting from New Orleans to Englewood by combination of flight, bus, and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans to Englewood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in December, expect nights in Englewood to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort Myers Beach.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Fort Myers Beach — 1 night

Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. On the 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Barefoot Beach Preserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Myers Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Myers Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Englewood to Fort Myers Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Fort Myers Beach, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Sanibel Island.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

Sanibel Island — 1 day

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stop by Bailey's General Store, then stroll through Blind Pass Beach Park, and then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sanibel Island trip planner.

Sanibel Island is just a short distance from Fort Myers Beach. In December in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Fishing Charters & Tours