8 days in New Orleans & Gulf Shores Itinerary

8 days in New Orleans & Gulf Shores Itinerary

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8 days in New Orleans & Gulf Shores Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Gulf Shores
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site. Get some cultural insight at French Quarter and Garden District. Take a break from New Orleans with a short trip to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow, about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planner .

Chicago to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
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3
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores ©
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Gulf Islands National Seashore - Florida District will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Gulf State Park and Chocolate Corner. Venture out of the city with trips to The Graffiti Bridge (in Pensacola), Alligator Alley (in Summerdale) and Fort Morgan State Historic Site (in Fort Morgan). It doesn't end there: cast your line with Hudson Marina and make a trip to Wharf Ferris Wheel.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gulf Shores trip planner .

Getting from New Orleans to Gulf Shores by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in July: highs in Gulf Shores hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Orange Beach, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Alligator Alley, The Graffiti Bridge, Gulf Islands National Seashore
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Fort Morgan State Historic Site ©
Fort Morgan State Historic Site
Alligator Alley ©
Alligator Alley
Gulf Islands National Seashore ©
Gulf Islands National Seashore

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