15 days in New Orleans, Florida & Bahamas Itinerary

15 days in New Orleans, Florida & Bahamas Itinerary

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15 days in New Orleans, Florida & Bahamas Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  13 h
1
New Orleans, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Destin, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Panama City Beach, United States
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Key West, United States
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Marathon, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Islamorada, United States
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
7
Eleuthera, Bahamas
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16 h
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
New Orleans, United States

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Lafayette Cemetery No.1. Popular historic sites such as French Quarter and Jackson Square are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, stop by Faulkner House Books, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden District.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read New Orleans trip builder .

London, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to New Orleans is minus 6 hours. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days in New Orleans, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Destin.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vacherie
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Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

1
night
Destin, United States

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Henderson Beach State Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Destin itinerary builder site .

Getting from New Orleans to Destin by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Destin, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Destin

Parks Nature Beaches
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Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park

2
nights
Panama City Beach, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Andrews State Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City Beach vacation planner .

Getting from Destin to Panama City Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Panama City Beach are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
St. Andrews State Park ©
St. Andrews State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Key West, United States

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and then stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dry Tortugas National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Key West road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Panama City Beach to Key West in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Panama City Beach in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 31°C in Key West. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Nature Wildlife
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3
nights
Marathon, United States

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marathon road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

1
night
Islamorada, United States

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with Robbie's of Islamorada, look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Beer Company Brewery and Tasting Room.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Islamorada itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Islamorada takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Eleuthera.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Robbie's of Islamorada ©
Robbie's of Islamorada

1
night
Eleuthera, Bahamas

Eleuthera ©
The long, thin island of Eleuthera has plenty of coast, built up in places and left wild and rural in others.
To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Eleuthera trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Islamorada to Eleuthera. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eleuthera

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ten Bay Beach ©
Ten Bay Beach
French Leave Beach ©
French Leave Beach
Eleuthera Island Farm ©
Eleuthera Island Farm

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