11 days in Louisiana Itinerary

11 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Isle
Drive
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Lake Charles
— 1 night
Drive
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Lafayette
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shreveport
— 2 nights
Fly

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New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Ursuline Convent Museum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans day trip planning tool.

Philadelphia to New Orleans is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 83°F. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Isle.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Grand Isle

Grand Isle is a town in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, located on a barrier island of the same name in the Gulf of Mexico. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take a tour by water with Fish Commander - Fishing Charters.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Isle trip itinerary site.

You can drive from New Orleans to Grand Isle in 2.5 hours. In June in Grand Isle, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 80°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Grand Isle

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Lake Charles

— 1 night
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, walk around Prien Lake Park, then stroll around Millennium Park, and finally stroll around Veteran's Memorial Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Charles vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Isle to Lake Charles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Grand Isle in June since evenings lows in Lake Charles dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lafayette.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks · Museums

Lafayette

— 2 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. On the 11th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Acadian Village, then take a memorable tour with South Louisiana Redfishing, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, view the masterpieces at Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery, and then get curious at Lafayette Science Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lafayette journey app.

Traveling by car from Lake Charles to Lafayette takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Lafayette are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Lafayette

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Baton Rouge

— 2 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Madewood Plantation, and then admire the masterpieces at Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, steep yourself in history at Oak Alley Plantation, and then contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation.

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Drive from Lafayette to Baton Rouge in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Baton Rouge, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shreveport.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Shreveport

— 2 nights
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Starr Family Home State Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Jefferson Historical Museum, then get a new perspective on things with Caddo Lake Bayou Tours, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John Berchmans. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at R. W. Norton Art Gallery and then get engrossed in the history at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shreveport travel route site.

Traveling by car from Baton Rouge to Shreveport takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in Shreveport, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shreveport

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Louisiana travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.