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Chicago to New Orleans drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets


Chicago to New Orleans road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to New Orleans. If you're planning a road trip to New Orleans, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and New Orleans. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:18 pm  Urbana (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:18 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:49 pm  Altamont
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:49 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:36 pm  Dyersburg
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

8:00 am  leave from Dyersburg
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:36 am  Memphis
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 11:36 am
drive for about 2 hours

1:33 pm  Winona (Mississippi)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:33 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:04 pm  Jackson (Mississippi)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:04 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:10 pm  Hammond (Louisiana)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 8:10 pm
drive for about 1 hour

9:12 pm  arrive in New Orleans
stay at Hotel Monteleone

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Chicago, Illinois.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.



How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.



Where should I stop along the way?

Urbana (Illinois)
    questions about Urbana (Illinois):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Urbana (Illinois)?
Altamont
Dyersburg
Memphis  (96 answers)
    Beale Street  (9 mentions)
    Graceland  (9 mentions)
    National Civil Rights Museum  (8 mentions)
    Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
    Mud Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Memphis:
        Central BBQ
        Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
        Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
        Payne's Bar-B-Q
        Cozy Corner Restaurant
    questions about Memphis:
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids
Winona (Mississippi)
Jackson (Mississippi)  (9 answers)
    questions about Jackson (Mississippi):
        What's going down in Jackson, MS for New Years Eve?
Hammond (Louisiana)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is New Orleans, Louisiana.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



Where's the best place to stay in New Orleans?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in New Orleans.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Monteleone, which was mentioned 11 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Want to research more popular hotels in New Orleans? Click the blue button below.





Where's the best place to eat in New Orleans?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Café du Monde, which was mentioned 62 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

French Quarter  (45 mentions)
Muriel's Jackson Square  (14 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in New Orleans? Click the blue button below.





What are some things to do in New Orleans?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Frenchmen Street  (47 mentions)
Bourbon Street  (26 mentions)
Jackson Square  (18 mentions)
Magazine Street  (13 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about New Orleans. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Tom from Los Angeles asked:
Breakfast in New Orleans?  (19 answers)

profile  Drew from Ojai asked:
Where can I find the best jazz bars in New Orleans?  (13 answers)

profile  John from Omaha, Nebraska asked:
What are the must-try foods and restaurants in NOLA?  (9 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
When is the best time to go to New Orleans?  (9 answers)

profile  Gary from New York City asked:
Whats the best wine spot I can check out in New Orleans  (8 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to New Orleans.





Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a New Orleans to Chicago drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Chicago to New Orleans. Or get a full Chicago to New Orleans flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Chicago well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Chicago!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 926 miles
driving time of 14 hours, 15 minutes
New Orleans is the same time as Chicago
270 Chicago travel answers
1 Urbana (Illinois) travel answer
1 Altamont travel answer
1 Dyersburg travel answer
96 Memphis travel answers
1 Winona (Mississippi) travel answer
9 Jackson (Mississippi) travel answers
1 Hammond (Louisiana) travel answer
197 New Orleans travel answers





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