9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Biloxi
— 1 night
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Gulf Shores
— 1 night
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Orange Beach
— 1 night
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Pensacola
— 1 night
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Panama City Beach
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New Orleans — 2 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jamie Hayes Gallery and Garden District. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boutique du Vampyre and Old New Orleans Rum Distillery. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Faubourg Marigny, learn about winemaking at NOLA Tropical Winery, catch all the local highlights with Old River Road Plantation Adventure, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum.

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Dallas to New Orleans is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Biloxi.
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Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Biloxi — 1 night

A busy city on the Gulf Coast, Biloxi is one of the nation's oldest communities, first settled by Europeans in 1699.
On the 1st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Hurricane Katrina Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Biloxi Beach, then stroll the grounds of Old Biloxi Cemetery, and finally try your luck at Beau Rivage Casino.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Biloxi journey planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Biloxi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in August, expect nights in Biloxi to be a bit cooler, around 75°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Gulf Shores.
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Gulf Shores — 1 night

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): catch all the local highlights with Back Bay Charters, then stop by Billy's Seafood, then get engrossed in the history at Gulf Shores Museum, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gulf Shores route site.

You can drive from Biloxi to Gulf Shores in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Gulf Shores, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Orange Beach.
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Orange Beach — 1 night

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Foley Railroad Museum, get engrossed in the history at Holmes Medical Museum, then whizz through the canopy at Hummingbird Zipline Course, and finally admire the majestic nature at Alabama Point East.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Orange Beach tour itinerary maker.

Orange Beach is very close to Gulf Shores. In September, daily temperatures in Orange Beach can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Pensacola.
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Pensacola — 1 night

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 4th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Blue Morning Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Quayside, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally admire the majestic nature at Blackwater River State Recreation Area.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pensacola trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Orange Beach to Pensacola in an hour. September in Pensacola sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Panama City Beach.
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Panama City Beach — 1 night

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 5th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Panama City Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Man in the Sea Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Pier Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City Beach trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pensacola to Panama City Beach in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Historic Walking Areas · Military Museums
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.
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Mississippi travel guide

3.4
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
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.
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Alabama travel guide

4.3
Military Museums · Specialty 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.
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Florida Panhandle travel guide

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Beaches · Water Sports · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Emerald Coast
Stretching over 322 km (200 mi) of beautiful coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Panhandle encompasses an area of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, earning it the nickname the Emerald Coast. Distinguished from the rest of the Sunshine State by its laid-back southern influence, the region remains a popular tropical holiday destination for those looking to avoid the larger vacation hubs of Miami and Orlando. Explore the beachfront shops and fresh-caught seafood cafes of the region's fishing villages, or head to the bigger seaside communities of Pensacola and Panama City for a wide selection of retail and entertainment options, including some of the coast's most active nightlife.
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