8 days in Fort Walton Beach & New Orleans Itinerary

8 days in Fort Walton Beach & New Orleans Itinerary

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8 days in Fort Walton Beach & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Wichita
Drive:  2​h
1
Fort Walton Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Wichita

2
nights
Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach ©
Fort Walton Beach is a city in southern Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gulf Islands National Seashore and Grayton Beach State Park. Visiting Okaloosa Island and Destin Harbor will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Walton Beach: Panama City Beach (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Panama City Beach Winery). There's more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Air Force Armament Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fort Walton Beach trip app .

Wichita to Fort Walton Beach is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Wichita in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Fort Walton Beach: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Fort Walton Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Panama City Beach, Destin Harbor, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Grayton Beach State Park
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Gulf Islands National Seashore ©
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Grayton Beach State Park ©
Grayton Beach State Park
Air Force Armament Museum ©
Air Force Armament Museum

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whitney Plantation and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get a sense of the local culture at Garden District and French Quarter. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Hermann-Grima House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lake Lawn Metairie, and admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Fort Walton Beach to New Orleans by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Fort Walton Beach, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
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St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District

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