15 days in New Orleans Area & Louisiana Itinerary

15 days in New Orleans Area & Louisiana Itinerary

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15 days in New Orleans Area & Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
New Orleans
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Thibodaux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Lafayette
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Bossier City
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Montreal

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Garden District and Jackson Square. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and don't miss a visit to Bourbon Street.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to New Orleans is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in January, expect New Orleans to be warmer, temps between 17°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Thibodaux.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at St. Joseph Plantation, then contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, then steep yourself in history at Oak Alley Plantation, and finally contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Whitney Plantation, then contemplate the long history of San Francisco Plantation, then take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, and finally contemplate the long history of Madewood Plantation.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Thibodaux attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Thibodaux takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in January, Thibodaux is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Lafayette.

Things to do in Thibodaux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Vacherie, Madewood Plantation, Whitney Plantation, Nottoway Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
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Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
Nottoway Plantation ©
Nottoway Plantation

3
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Get some historical perspective at Vermilionville and Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lafayette: Port Hudson National Cemetery (in Zachary), Saint Francisville (St. Francisville United Methodist Church, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, & more) and Riverfront Plaza (in Baton Rouge). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Acadian Village, steep yourself in history at Port Hudson State Historic Site, and stroll the grounds of Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lafayette trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thibodaux to Lafayette takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bossier City.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Riverfront Plaza, Port Hudson National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Acadian Village ©
Acadian Village

3
nights
Bossier City

Bossier City ©
Bossier City is a suburb of Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, located in Bossier Parish.As of the 2010 census, Bossier City had a population of 61,315. Get some historical perspective at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store and Melrose Plantation. Change things up with these side-trips from Bossier City: Natchitoches (The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception & Prudhomme-Rouquier House) and Mansfield State Historic Site (in Mansfield). There's much more to do: try to win big at Margaritaville Resort Casino, pause for some photo ops at Caddo Parish Confederate Monument, catch the contagious excitement of Harrah's Louisiana Downs, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at First United Methodist Church.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bossier City trip planner .

You can fly from Lafayette to Bossier City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lafayette in January, with highs in Bossier City at 15°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bossier City

Historic Sites Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Natchitoches, Shreveport, Mansfield State Historic Site, Melrose Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Plantation ©
Melrose Plantation

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