12 days in Louisiana Itinerary

12 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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12 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Lafayette
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Natchitoches
— 2 nights
3
Natchitoches
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Asheville

4
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Popular historic sites such as Vermilionville and Port Hudson State Historic Site are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Clark Creek Natural Area and Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point. Get out of town with these interesting Lafayette side-trips: Veteran's Memorial Park (in Lake Charles), Gator Chateau (in Jennings) and Saint Francisville (Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish & Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Acadian Village, steep yourself in history at Alexandre Mouton House, get interesting insight from Tours, and don't miss a visit to Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lafayette travel itinerary planner .

Asheville to Lafayette is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Asheville to Lafayette is minus 1 hour. In November, Lafayette is a bit warmer than Asheville - with highs of 72°F and lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas, Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, Veteran's Memorial Park, Clark Creek Natural Area
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Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Clark Creek Natural Area ©
Clark Creek Natural Area
Acadian Village ©
Acadian Village

2
nights
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping, then contemplate the long history of Prudhomme-Rouquier House, then don't miss a visit to American Cemetery, and finally make a trip to The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at North Toledo Bend State Park and then head outdoors with Living The Dream Guide Service.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Natchitoches trip planning tool .

You can drive from Lafayette to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lafayette in November, Natchitoches is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Living The Dream Guide Service, North Toledo Bend State Park
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Historic District Shopping ©
Historic District Shopping
Prudhomme-Rouquier House ©
Prudhomme-Rouquier House

2
nights
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, examine the collection at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Kisatchie National Forest.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Natchitoches itinerary maker app .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Kisatchie National Forest, Mansfield State Historic Site
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Kisatchie National Forest ©
Kisatchie National Forest
Mansfield State Historic Site ©
Mansfield State Historic Site

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Our Sacred Stories and Garden District. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Woldenberg Park. Step out of New Orleans to go to Folsom and see Global Wildlife Center, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans visit planner.

You can drive from Natchitoches to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Natchitoches in November, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 61°F, while days are slightly colder, around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Global Wildlife Center
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Our Sacred Stories ©
Our Sacred Stories
Garden District ©
Garden District

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