11 days in Louisiana Itinerary

11 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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11 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Thibodaux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Lafayette
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

4
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, make a trip to French Quarter, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and wander the streets of Frenchmen Street.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read New Orleans online trip builder .

Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in January, with highs in New Orleans at 59°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Thibodaux.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

2
nights
Thibodaux

Thibodaux ©
Thibodaux is a city in and the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in the northwestern part of the parish. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, then steep yourself in history at St. Joseph Plantation, then contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and finally examine the collection at Whitney Plantation. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Evergreen Plantation, then get lost in a book at Martha Sowell Utley Memorial Library, and then get engrossed in the history at Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Thibodaux trip itinerary planner .

Drive from New Orleans to Thibodaux in 1.5 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Thibodaux, with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Thibodaux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vacherie, Whitney Plantation, Evergreen Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

2
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at State Capitol Welcome Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mike the Tiger Habitat, then steep yourself in history at Nottoway Plantation, and finally admire all the interesting features of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, then see the interesting displays at USS Kidd, then make a trip to The Myrtles Plantation, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Baton Rouge road trip planning site .

Getting from Thibodaux to Baton Rouge by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Baton Rouge can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Nottoway Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©
Nottoway Plantation ©
Nottoway Plantation
Louisiana's Old State Capitol ©
Louisiana's Old State Capitol

2
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Acadian Village, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, then get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, and finally explore the activities along Lake Martin. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Martin de Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jungle Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lafayette day trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Baton Rouge to Lafayette takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Church of St Martin de Tours, Lake Martin, Jungle Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Acadian Village ©
Acadian Village

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