7 days in New Orleans & Clearwater Itinerary

7 days in New Orleans & Clearwater Itinerary

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7 days in New Orleans & Clearwater Itinerary

Start: College Station
bus:  9​h
1
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
2
Clearwater
— 3 nights
Drive:  18​h
End: College Station

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a stroll through Royal Street, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online trip itinerary planner .

College Station to New Orleans is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from College Station in March, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 61°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Clearwater.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

3
nights
Clearwater

Clearwater ©
Holding the record for most consecutive days of sunshine in a single year, Clearwater offers long sandy beaches and proximity to other major cities in the Tampa Bay area.
Escape the urban bustle at Clearwater Beach and Saint Pete Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Siesta Beach and Honeymoon Island State Park. Step out of Clearwater with an excursion to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Sarasota--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, look for all kinds of wild species at Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, and learn about winemaking at Murielle Winery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Clearwater trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to Clearwater takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in March: highs in Clearwater hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Clearwater

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, Siesta Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Honeymoon Island State Park, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach

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