7 days in Chattanooga, New Orleans & Natchitoches Itinerary

7 days in Chattanooga, New Orleans & Natchitoches Itinerary

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7 days in Chattanooga, New Orleans & Natchitoches Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
1
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Natchitoches
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Chattanooga

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
On the 31st (Sun), get outside with High Point Climbing, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ruby Falls, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Experience - Chattanooga. On the next day, examine the collection at Creative Discovery Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, then make a trip to Coolidge Park Antique Carousel, and finally take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga attractions planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chattanooga. In March, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
Creative Discovery Museum ©
Creative Discovery Museum
High Point Climbing ©
High Point Climbing

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Jackson Square and Audubon Zoo. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Chattanooga to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chattanooga in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ©
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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nights
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. On the 5th (Fri), meet the residents at National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, cruise along Cane River National Heritage Trail, then contemplate the long history of Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to American Cemetery, look for gifts at Natchitoches Pecans, and then contemplate the long history of Oakland Plantation.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Natchitoches travel planning app .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Natchitoches takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from New Orleans in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Natchitoches, with highs around 77°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Oakland Plantation, Natchitoches Pecans
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National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium ©
National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Oakland Plantation ©
Oakland Plantation

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