New Orleans to Fairhope AL
New Orleans to Fairhope AL is a 165 mile trip along I-10 and US HWY 98. Under normal conditions, you can make this trip in less than 3 hours.
Along the way you will travel through Slidell, Louisiana, Waveland and Bay St. Louis Mississippi. After those towns you will come across Gulfport and Biloxi Mississippi, where you will find casino gambling. Beyond Biloxi is the artist community of Ocean Springs and the ship building city of Pascagoula.
As you enter Alabama you will be able to take a short drive south off of I-10 to Bayou La Batre (pronounced By-La-Bah-Tree), home of the fictional Bubba Gump Shrimping Company. After that you will come to the historic city of Mobile, Alabama. Founded in 1702, Mobile is a grand old city with much to see.
You will take one of two tunnels under the Mobile River and come up to travel over Mobile Bay to Daphne, Alabama. There you will take US Hwy 98 south for 10 miles to the beautiful bayside city of Fairhope.
Map from New Orleans to Fairhope AL
Fairhope is a quant small town that is growing fast. The founders of the city secured much of the bayfront for the public use of the citizenry. There are a number of parks with piers extending into the bay, so that towns people and visitors alike can enjoy the view and the breeze on the water.
Fairhope Pier, known to the locals as The Big Pier, is a quarter mile long promenade over the water and is a gathering place for young and old alike.
My favorite pier, and the favorite pier of many Fairhopers, is the Orange Street Pier at the foot of Orange Avenue. Yes, I know that the nomenclature is mixed up, but so are the people of this town. The Orange Street Pier extends from the sugar white sands of Magnolia Beach, and includes a shaded sitting area near the end of the pier.
New Orleans to Fairhope AL road trip
The trip from New Orleans to Fairhope AL is usually an easy road trip. Sometimes you may encounter a few minutes of a traffic jam as you approach the tunnels in Mobile, but that often clears quickly.