8 days in Chattanooga & Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in Chattanooga & Washington DC Itinerary

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8 days in Chattanooga & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Drive:  9​h
1
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Drive:  18​h 15​min
End: New Orleans

2
nights
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip maker .

New Orleans to Chattanooga is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Chattanooga, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 70°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fort Oglethorpe
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Chickamauga Battlefield ©
Chickamauga Battlefield
In-Town Gallery ©
In-Town Gallery

4
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Let the collections at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art capture your imagination. Visit Gettysburg National Military Park and Georgetown University for their historical value. Step out of Washington DC with an excursion to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online trip planner .

Getting from Chattanooga to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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