7 days in Chicago, Tennessee & New Orleans Itinerary

7 days in Chicago, Tennessee & New Orleans Itinerary

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7 days in Chicago, Tennessee & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Minneapolis

2
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 11th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Marquette Building, then meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, and then take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago holiday planner.

Minneapolis to Chicago is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March, Chicago is somewhat warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 48°F and lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

2
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork. Keep things going the next day: trek along Chimney Tops, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sightseeing planner.

Fly from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in March, with highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 62°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Gatlinburg
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): wander the streets of Royal Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, then see the interesting displays at Cabildo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, and then look for gifts at Louisiana Music Factory.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planner.

Getting from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to New Orleans by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in March, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

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