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 Downtown Wilmington 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), Surf City (Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center & Topsail Island) and New Bern (New Bern Fireman's Museum, Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Camp, contemplate the long history of Poplar Grove Plantation, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Bizarre.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington journey planning app.

Springfield to Wilmington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Wilmington. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

New Bern, Wrightsville Beach, Surf City, Oak Island Beach, Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:
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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 Chalmette National Historical Park. 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 80°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 80°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
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:
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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 The Magnificent Mile. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Whihala Beach in Whiting, approximately Whiting away. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, make a trip to Millennium Park, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chicago online day trip planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New Orleans in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Horseshoe Hammond, Rosewood Beach, Whihala Beach
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

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