Top 6 weekend trips from New Orleans

  1. Memphis / Birmingham
  2. Shreveport / Tunica
  3. Houston / Jackson
  4. Montgomery / Mobile
  5. Pensacola / Destin
  6. Tallahassee / Panama City Beach

For any of these trips, you could visit just the first or second destination if you want to do less driving and spend more time in the area.

The longest trip is about 21 hours of total driving, so you may want to plan to do this over a long weekend.


Trip idea #1: New Orleans → Memphis → Birmingham → New Orleans


New Orleans to Memphis
leave New Orleans on Friday
1 hour → Hammond
56 minutes → McComb
1.5 hours → Jackson
1.5 hours → Winona
58 minutes → Water Valley
51 minutes → Senatobia
41 minutes → Memphis (stay Friday night)
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7 hours of driving

Memphis to Birmingham
leave Memphis on Saturday
59 minutes → Holly Springs
45 minutes → Ripley
50 minutes → Tupelo
31 minutes → Tremont
40 minutes → Winfield
45 minutes → Parrish
43 minutes → Railroad Park, Birmingham Al
9 minutes → Birmingham (stay Saturday night)
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5.5 hours of driving

Birmingham to New Orleans
leave Birmingham on Sunday
1.5 hours → Tuscaloosa
1.5 hours → Meridian
51 minutes → William Carey University
49 minutes → Poplarville
54 minutes → Honey Island Swamp
57 minutes → New Orleans (back home)
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6.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 19.5 hours of driving.


Trip idea #2: New Orleans → Shreveport → Tunica → New Orleans


New Orleans to Shreveport
leave New Orleans on Friday
1 hour → Oak Alley Plantation
56 minutes → Baton Rouge
43 minutes → Ventress
1 hour → Ville Platte
1.5 hours → Melrose
1 hour → Mansfield
40 minutes → Shreveport (stay Friday night)
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7.5 hours of driving

Shreveport to Tunica
leave Shreveport on Saturday
1 hour → Ruston
1.5 hours → Parkdale
1.5 hours → Indianola
1 hour → Waxhaw
37 minutes → Clarksdale
42 minutes → Tunica (stay Saturday night)
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6.5 hours of driving

Tunica to New Orleans
leave Tunica on Sunday
1 hour → Clarksdale
1 hour → Indianola
54 minutes → Yazoo City
2 hours → Jackson
41 minutes → Osyka
1 hour → Hammond
42 minutes → New Orleans (back home)
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7.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 21 hours of driving.


Trip idea #3: New Orleans → Houston → Jackson → New Orleans


New Orleans to Houston
leave New Orleans on Friday
1 hour → Oak Alley Plantation
56 minutes → Baton Rouge
1 hour → Lafayette
1 hour → Lake Charles
53 minutes → Beaumont
1 hour → Baytown
29 minutes → Houston (stay Friday night)
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6.5 hours of driving

Houston to Jackson
leave Houston on Saturday
1.5 hours → Beaumont
1.5 hours → Lake Charles
1 hour → Lafayette
59 minutes → Baton Rouge
54 minutes → Hammond
56 minutes → McComb
1.5 hours → Jackson (stay Saturday night)
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8 hours of driving

Jackson to New Orleans
leave Jackson on Sunday
1 hour → Pearl
46 minutes → Brookhaven
41 minutes → Osyka
1 hour → Hammond
14 minutes → New Orleans (back home)
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3.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 18.5 hours of driving.


Trip idea #4: New Orleans → Montgomery → Mobile → New Orleans


New Orleans to Montgomery
leave New Orleans on Friday
54 minutes → Honey Island Swamp
1 hour → Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
1 hour → Mobile
51 minutes → Atmore
46 minutes → Evergreen
1 hour → Letohatchee
23 minutes → Montgomery (stay Friday night)
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6.5 hours of driving

Montgomery to Mobile
leave Montgomery on Saturday
43 minutes → Greenville
43 minutes → Evergreen
46 minutes → Atmore
57 minutes → Fort Conde Welcome Center
5 minutes → Mobile (stay Saturday night)
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3 hours of driving

Mobile to New Orleans
leave Mobile on Sunday
1 hour → USS Alabama
45 minutes → Biloxi
33 minutes → Park Ten Lanes
54 minutes → Honey Island Swamp
6 minutes → New Orleans (back home)
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3.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 13 hours of driving.


Trip idea #5: New Orleans → Pensacola → Destin → New Orleans


New Orleans to Pensacola
leave New Orleans on Friday
54 minutes → Honey Island Swamp
1 hour → Biloxi
1 hour → Mobile
47 minutes → Lambert's Cafe
42 minutes → Pensacola (stay Friday night)
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4.5 hours of driving

Pensacola to Destin
leave Pensacola on Saturday
17 minutes → Pensacola Beach
11 minutes → Animal Medical Center of Gulf Breeze
21 minutes → Navarre
21 minutes → Santa Rosa Island
9 minutes → Mary Esther
18 minutes → Destin (stay Saturday night)
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1.5 hours of driving

Destin to New Orleans
leave Destin on Sunday
54 minutes → Pensacola
1 hour → Mobile
1 hour → Biloxi
54 minutes → Honey Island Swamp
1 hour → New Orleans (back home)
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5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 11.5 hours of driving.


Trip idea #6: New Orleans → Tallahassee → Panama City Beach → New Orleans


New Orleans to Tallahassee
leave New Orleans on Friday
54 minutes → Honey Island Swamp
1 hour → Biloxi
1 hour → Mobile
54 minutes → Pensacola
1 hour → Niceville
1 hour → Chipley
1.5 hours → Tallahassee (stay Friday night)
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7.5 hours of driving

Tallahassee to Panama City Beach
leave Tallahassee on Saturday
29 minutes → Quincy
35 minutes → Sneads
31 minutes → Bristol
42 minutes → Youngstown
36 minutes → Panama City Beach (stay Saturday night)
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3 hours of driving

Panama City Beach to New Orleans
leave Panama City Beach on Sunday
48 minutes → Seaside
1 hour → Niceville
42 minutes → Pensacola
47 minutes → Lambert's Cafe
1 hour → Mobile
1 hour → Biloxi
54 minutes → Honey Island Swamp
40 minutes → New Orleans (back home)
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7 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 17.5 hours of driving.



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