17 days in Wilmington, New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

17 days in Wilmington, New Orleans & Chicago Itinerary

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Wilmington
— 5 nights
2
New Orleans
— 4 nights
3
Chicago
— 4 nights

5
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Blind Elephant has been added to your itinerary. Historic District and Bellamy Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've also included these beaches for you: Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Oak Island Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC (in Swansboro), New Bern (New Bern Fireman's Museum, Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, &more) and Surf City (Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center & Topsail Island). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Camp, contemplate the long history of Poplar Grove Plantation, wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, and pick up some local products at Motts Channel Seafood.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip builder app.

Springfield to Wilmington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Wilmington due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

New Bern, Wrightsville Beach, Surf City, Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC, Oak Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle Camp ©
Sea Turtle Camp
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Woldenberg Park and Marsh and Bayou Outfitters. Do some cultural sightseeing at Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, see the interesting displays at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and wander the streets of Royal Street.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New Orleans trip maker site.

Fly from Wilmington to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wilmington to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Wilmington in July, plan for little chillier days in New Orleans, with highs around °F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New Orleans

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

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get in touch with nature at Rosewood Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Whihala Beach in Whiting, approximately Whiting away. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, walk around Millennium Park, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago online journey maker.

Getting from New Orleans to Chicago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Chicago, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rosewood Beach, Whihala Beach, Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

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