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New Jersey to New Orleans drive

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  New Jersey
 Washington, DC
 Charlottesville
 Roanoke
 Boone (North Carolina)
 Gatlinburg
 Chattanooga
 Birmingham (Alabama)
 Meridian
   New Orleans 
driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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New Jersey to New Orleans road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New Jersey 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 New Jersey and New Orleans. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between New Jersey 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 at New Jersey
drive for about 3 hours

1:03 pm  Washington, DC
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:03 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:23 pm  Charlottesville
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours

 Day 2

8:00 am  leave from Charlottesville
drive for about 2 hours

9:57 am  Roanoke
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:57 am
drive for about 3 hours

1:57 pm  Boone (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:57 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:17 pm  Gatlinburg
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:17 pm
drive for about 3 hours

10:06 pm  Chattanooga
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 11 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Chattanooga
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:16 pm  Birmingham (Alabama)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:16 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:33 pm  Meridian
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:33 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:23 pm  arrive in New Orleans
eat at Café du Monde
stay at Hotel Monteleone

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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New Jersey to New Orleans questions

profile  Paula asked:
Traveling from New jersey to new orleans  (1 answer)


Where should I stop along the way?

Washington, DC  (172 answers)
    National Mall  (30 mentions)
    National Air and Space Museum  (29 mentions)
    Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
    Museum of Natural History  (23 mentions)
    Lincoln Memorial  (22 mentions)
    National Gallery of Art  (19 mentions)
    restaurants around Washington, DC:
        Mitsitam Cafe
        Founding Farmers
        Rose's Luxury
        Pavilion Café
    questions about Washington, DC:
        Best hotel near museums
        Fun free things to do in D.C.?
        9 year d boy
        Where to stay outside of the city?
        Best free things to do in Washington, DC?

Charlottesville  (15 answers)
    Monticello  (2 mentions)
    questions about Charlottesville:
        Any recommendations for hikes, good food and wine for a long-weekend trip?
        Trip with husband

Roanoke  (20 answers)
    questions about Roanoke:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Roanoke?

Boone (North Carolina)  (4 answers)
    questions about Boone (North Carolina):
        Getting to Boone

Gatlinburg  (30 answers)
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (8 mentions)
    Great Smoky Mountains  (2 mentions)

Chattanooga  (27 answers)
    Ruby Falls  (5 mentions)
    Rock City  (3 mentions)
    Tennessee Aquarium  (2 mentions)
    Creative Discovery Museum  (2 mentions)
    Lookout Mountain  (2 mentions)
    questions about Chattanooga:
        Is April a good month to visit Chattanooga?
        Activities in Chattanooga for families with active kids

Birmingham (Alabama)  (38 answers)
    questions about Birmingham (Alabama):
        Entertainment for a large group of customers in Birmingham?
        locate a good breakfast or coffee shop on the west side of Birmingham

Meridian  (3 answers)


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  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in New Orleans?  (10 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)

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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey to New Orleans. Or get a full New Jersey 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 New Jersey well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about New Jersey!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,268 miles
driving time of 18 hours, 34 minutes
New Orleans is 1 hour behind New Jersey
23 New Jersey travel answers
172 Washington, DC travel answers
15 Charlottesville travel answers
20 Roanoke travel answers
4 Boone (North Carolina) travel answers
30 Gatlinburg travel answers
27 Chattanooga travel answers
38 Birmingham (Alabama) travel answers
3 Meridian travel answers
222 New Orleans travel answers





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