8 days in New Orleans Area & Florida Panhandle Itinerary

8 days in New Orleans Area & Florida Panhandle Itinerary

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8 days in New Orleans Area & Florida Panhandle Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Pensacola
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Panama City Beach
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

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.
Popular historic sites such as Garden District and French Quarter are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at The National WWII Museum and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Royal Street, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Audubon Zoo.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans online trip itinerary planner .

Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Fort Lauderdale, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pensacola.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

2
nights
Pensacola

Pensacola ©
Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at National Naval Aviation Museum and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pensacola Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Navarre Beach.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Pensacola trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from New Orleans to Pensacola by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from New Orleans in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pensacola: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Pensacola

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach
Highlights from your plan
National Naval Aviation Museum ©
National Naval Aviation Museum
Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach
Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach

2
nights
Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach ©
Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then immerse yourself in nature at St. Andrews State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Panama City Beach, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then do a tasting at Panama City Beach Winery.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City Beach trip site .

Traveling by car from Pensacola to Panama City Beach takes 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Pensacola to Panama City Beach due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Panama City Beach are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Panama City Beach Winery ©
Panama City Beach Winery
Swim with Dolphins
Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach

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