8 days in Gulf Shores, New Orleans & Pensacola Beach Itinerary

8 days in Gulf Shores, New Orleans & Pensacola Beach Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Saint Louis
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
1
Gulf Shores
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Pensacola Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Saint Louis

2
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Alligator Alley (in Summerdale) and Fairhope Avenue (in Fairhope). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Pepper Palace, try for a hole-in-one at Pirate's Island Adventure Golf, and take an in-depth tour of Holmes Medical Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gulf Shores trip planner.

Saint Louis to Gulf Shores is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Gulf Shores can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Orange Beach, Alligator Alley, Holmes Medical Museum, Fairhope Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alligator Alley ©
Alligator Alley
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier ©
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier

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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, have fun and explore at Louisiana Children's Museum, get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Zoo.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Gulf Shores to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Gulf Shores in July, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 80°F, while days are slightly colder, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pensacola Beach.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game ©

2
nights
Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach is an unincorporated community located on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, sample the fine beverages at Rollins Distillery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Navarre Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pensacola Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf Islands National Seashore, and then look for gifts at Innerlight Surf Shop.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pensacola Beach trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in July: highs in Pensacola Beach hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pensacola Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Gulf Breeze, Navarre Beach
Highlights from your plan
Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach
Gulf Islands National Seashore ©
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach

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