10 days in Lake Charles, Lafayette & Houma Itinerary

10 days in Lake Charles, Lafayette & Houma Itinerary

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10 days in Lake Charles, Lafayette & Houma Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Lake Charles
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Lafayette
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Houma
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is a brackish lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana, United States, situated almost entirely within the Lake Charles city limits. Step out of the city life by going to Holly Beach and Blue Elbow Swamp. Explore Lake Charles' surroundings by going to Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center (in Orange) and Coushatta Casino Resort (in Kinder). There's lots more to do: try to win big at Golden Nugget Casino, sample the fine beverages at Bayou Rum Distillery, and stroll through Veteran's Memorial Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lake Charles trip itinerary planning tool .

Minneapolis to Lake Charles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, things will get a bit warmer in Lake Charles: highs are around 83°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Lafayette.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Casinos Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Orange, Coushatta Casino Resort, Bayou Rum Distillery, Holly Beach
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Coushatta Casino Resort ©
Coushatta Casino Resort
L'Auberge Casino Resort ©
L'Auberge Casino Resort

4
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nottoway Plantation and Louisiana's Old State Capitol. Get outdoors at Jungle Gardens and Lamson Park. Get out of town with these interesting Lafayette side-trips: Baton Rouge (Mike the Tiger Habitat, USS Kidd, & more), Saint Francisville (Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site & The Myrtles Plantation) and Konriko Company Store (in New Iberia). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Martin de Tours, contemplate the long history of Acadian Village, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin.

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Traveling by bus from Lake Charles to Lafayette takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Houma.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Baton Rouge, Saint Francisville, Konriko Company Store, Lake Martin, Jungle Gardens
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Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Nottoway Plantation ©
Nottoway Plantation
The Myrtles Plantation ©
The Myrtles Plantation

2
nights
Houma

Houma ©
Houma is the largest city in and the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and the largest principal city of the Houma - Bayou Cane - Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): learn about all things military at Regional Military Museum, then make a trip to Ardoyne Plantation, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Oak Alley Plantation, then contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and then examine the collection at Whitney Plantation.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Houma online vacation planner .

You can drive from Lafayette to Houma in 2 hours. In May in Houma, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houma

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vacherie, Ardoyne Plantation, Whitney Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
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Regional Military Museum ©
Regional Military Museum
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©

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