7 days in Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Orange Beach
— 1 night


New Orleans — 3 nights

The Big Easy

New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art, catch all the local highlights with Happiness Bayou Tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Orleans road trip planner.

New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Biloxi.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
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Biloxi — 2 nights

Playground of the South

On the 11th (Thu), play a few rounds at Fallen Oak Golf Course, then explore the world behind art at Walter Anderson Museum of Art, then get outside with Dailey Charters, and finally don't miss a visit to Hurricane Katrina Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Oakleigh Historic District, take an in-depth tour of Conde-Charlotte Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Biloxi road trip planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Biloxi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Biloxi, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Orange Beach.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Orange Beach — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at Orange Beach Waterfront Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Foley Art Center, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Traveling by car from Biloxi to Orange Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Orange Beach, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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Louisiana travel guide

The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Mississippi travel guide

The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

Alabama travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Historic Sites
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.