11 days in New Orleans & Lafayette Itinerary

11 days in New Orleans & Lafayette Itinerary

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11 days in New Orleans & Lafayette Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
1
New Orleans
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Lafayette
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Escape My Room New Orleans and Immaculate Conception Church. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Beauvoir (in Biloxi), Joseph T. Jones Statue (in Gulfport) and Whitney Plantation (in Wallace). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans online road trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Gulfport Biloxi International Airport and Lafayette Regional Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Joseph T. Jones Statue, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Whitney Plantation, Beauvoir
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
Immaculate Conception Church ©
Immaculate Conception Church

3
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, identify plant and animal life at Mike the Tiger Habitat, then get lost in a book at East Baton Rouge Parish Library, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Alexandre Mouton House, then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Acadiana, then get curious at Lafayette Science Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Urns of Justice.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lafayette itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from New Orleans to Lafayette in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in December: highs in Lafayette hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lafayette

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Baton Rouge, Acadian Memorial, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Lafayette Science Museum ©
Lafayette Science Museum
Mike the Tiger Habitat ©
Mike the Tiger Habitat

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