The Ultimate Road Trip from Tampa to New Orleans

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This 650-mile, 11-hour journey will take you from through Alabama on your way from Florida to Louisiana.
We’re going to transform this long drive into a two-day, one-night adventure with plenty of interesting stops and detours along the way! Whether you’re craving to see a new city or enjoy some incredible nature, the trip from Tampa to New Orleans will please any traveler!
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Day one—Tampa to Tallahassee

Driving time: 5 hours
Finish packing, hop in the car, and say goodbye to Tampa! It’s time to head to the jazziest, French-iest, swampiest city in America: New Orleans!
Day one of this two-day road trip will take you along Florida’s western coast. With only five hours in the car, that leaves plenty of time for Florida sightseeing!
A boat travels down the Hillsborough river with Tampa buildings in the distance.
Tampa, Florida

See the sights in Crystal River

Before you have time for leg cramps or bathroom breaks, you’re already at your first stop! An hour and a half outside of Tampa is the town of Crystal River—the perfect spot for a break.
Crystal River is a fantastic place to enjoy some unique wildlife… specifically manatees! If you’re traveling in the winter months, the eponymous Crystal River will be full of sea cows that have fled the Gulf of Mexico for warmer waters. While at Crystal River, you can snorkel with manatees (but no touching!) or enjoy them from the shore.
Then, head to Three Sisters Spring, a beautiful park perfect for swimming, kayaking, or nature hiking!
After a few hours of fresh air, hop back in the car for the next leg of day one.
A rainbow sunset covers the water of Crystal River, Florida, with an island in the distance.
Crystal River, Florida

Stop at charming White Springs

Another two hours in the car will bring you to White Springs, Florida.
This northern Florida locale is on the Suwannee River and is perfect for hikers, bikers, paddlers, and nature lovers! Known as Florida’s original tourist destination, quaint White Springs has a long, colorful history. Head downtown to learn about this once-bustling town.
Alternatively, take a hike through the woods on Big Shoal trail, where you can learn a bit about the city’s history and even see some river rapids!
If you’re hungry, be sure to stop at Fat Belly’s Barbeque and Grill for some traditional Southern eats.

Enjoy a night in Tallahassee

After 90 more minutes of driving, you’ll arrive at your final destination of the day: Tallahassee. Home to Florida State University and Florida A&M University, Tallahassee is the state capital.
While here, you can enjoy even more nature at the plethora of parks and walking trails—or get some culture at the Tallahassee Capitol Museum or the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. If you’re into history, you’ll enjoy the Knott House Museum, which played a crucial part in the Civil War.
Afterward, enjoy a craft brew at one of Tallahassee’s many beer gardens in Midtown or do some fine dining in the Market District!
A strip of grass lined with greenery features a narrow pool in Tallahassee.
Tallahassee, Florida

Day two: Tallahassee to New Orleans

Driving time: 6 hours
Wake up in Tallahassee for day two of your drive to New Orleans. You’re only six hours from the Big Easy and there’s lots of fun to be had along the way.
Fluorescent restaurant signs stand out along a darkened French Quarter street in New Orleans.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Soak in the sun at Pensacola Beach

Get a great start to the drive with three hours in the car before enjoying a little sunshine at your last Florida stop of the trip: Pensacola Beach. This resort community on Santa Rosa Island is known for its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water.
Walk down the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier, or lay out a towel and relax before continuing your drive. If you’re feeling adventurous, explore Fort Pickens, a military fort from the 1800s!
A statue that says "Pensacola Beach" rises up in front of the water and a pier in the background.
Pensacola Beach

Explore Mobile

An hour drive will take you out of Florida and into neighboring Alabama. It’s here that you’ll make your final stop before reaching New Orleans—in Mobile!
Formerly known as the Paris of the South, Mobile has a 300-year history as a cultural center on the Gulf coast. Take a few hours to explore this historic town before finishing your drive to New Orleans.
Walk aboard the legendary USS ALABAMA Battleship or take an airboat cruise across the Gulf. You can also take in one of Mobile’s many museums, like the History Museum of Mobile, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, or the Mobile Carnival Museum.
You could spend days exploring the city of Mobile, but after only a few hours it’s time to get back to your vehicle and finish the drive.
The USS ALABAMA sits in the water near the Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama.

Arrive in New Orleans

A final two hours will take you to your final destination: New Orleans!
There’s French Street, Bourbon Street, and the French Quarter to see. There’s Gumbo, Po’Boys, and baked clams to eat. There’s masked bacchanals and haunted house tours to experience.
No matter what you choose to see, do, and eat, you’ll have a great time in NOLA.
A crowd fills a French Quarter street in New Orleans; shops with plants hanging from balconies line the road.
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Why you need Jerry roadside assistance

Now that your trip is planned, make sure you’re not leaving anything to chance with Jerry’s roadside assistance. The roadside assistance program from Jerry provides everything a driver needs to be certain their trip will go off without a hitch.
Here are just a few of the numerous benefits:
  • Vehicle towing
  • Jumpstarts
  • Tire changes
  • Fuel delivery
  • Rental vehicle reimbursement
  • Advice from certified mechanics
  • Uber credits
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