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New Orleans to New York City drive

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  New Orleans
 Meridian
 Birmingham (Alabama)
 Chattanooga
 Gatlinburg
 Blue Ridge Parkway
 Shenandoah National Park
 Harrisburg
   New York City 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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New Orleans to New York City road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New Orleans to New York City. If you're planning a road trip to New York City, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between New Orleans and New York City. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between New Orleans and New York City. 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 New Orleans
drive for about 3 hours

1:08 pm  Meridian
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:08 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:25 pm  Birmingham (Alabama)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:25 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:40 pm  Chattanooga
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Chattanooga
drive for about 3 hours

12:48 pm  Gatlinburg
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:48 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:03 pm  Blue Ridge Parkway
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Blue Ridge Parkway
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:31 pm  Shenandoah National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:31 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:10 pm  Harrisburg
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:10 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

8:55 pm  arrive in New York City
stay at The Standard New York

day 3 driving ≈ 10 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is New Orleans, Louisiana.

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?

Meridian  (3 answers)

Birmingham (Alabama)  (31 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

Chattanooga  (25 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:
        Activities in Chattanooga for families with active kids
        Is April 2015 a good month to visit Chattanooga?

Gatlinburg  (27 answers)
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (8 mentions)
    Great Smoky Mountains  (2 mentions)

Blue Ridge Parkway  (6 mentions)
    questions about Blue Ridge Parkway:
        Where do we stay overnight

Shenandoah National Park  (6 mentions)

Harrisburg  (15 answers)
    questions about Harrisburg:
        What are the 5 best sights to see in Harrisburg PA


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is New York, New York.

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


Where's the best place to stay in New York City?

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 York City.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in New York City to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Standard New York, which was mentioned 15 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Ace Hotel New York  (15 mentions)
The Plaza  (14 mentions)
Hotel Gansevoort  (12 mentions)
Crosby Street Hotel  (11 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in New York City?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Katz's Delicatessen, which was mentioned 37 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Shake Shack  (23 mentions)
Lombardi's Pizza  (20 mentions)
Balthazar Restaurant  (19 mentions)
Eataly  (19 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in New York City?

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:

Central Park  (149 mentions)
High Line Park  (110 mentions)
Statue of Liberty  (69 mentions)
Times Square  (59 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 York City. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Chris from Manhattan Beach asked:
Where do the cool kids stay in NYC these days?  (37 answers)

profile  Ebe from Sao Paulo asked:
Is it a good idea to visit NYC in December?  (27 answers)

profile  Julia from Paris asked:
free or cheap things to do in NYC  (23 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?  (23 answers)

profile  Phil from Seattle asked:
48 Hours in NYC - I NEED to know the best Pizza spots!  (23 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,304 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 15 minutes
New York City is 1 hour ahead of New Orleans
203 New Orleans travel answers
3 Meridian travel answers
31 Birmingham (Alabama) travel answers
25 Chattanooga travel answers
27 Gatlinburg travel answers
15 Harrisburg travel answers
589 New York City travel answers





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