17 days in Louisiana, Alabama & Blue Ridge Itinerary

17 days in Louisiana, Alabama & Blue Ridge Itinerary

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Lafayette
— 1 day
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White Castle
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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Mobile
— 3 nights
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Gulf Shores
— 2 nights
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Cullman
— 1 night
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Blue Ridge
— 4 nights
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Lafayette

— 1 day
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. On the 1st (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, and then stop by Candyland Cottage & Ice Cream Shoppe.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lafayette trip planner.

Atlanta to Lafayette is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Lafayette. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to White Castle.

Things to do in Lafayette

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

White Castle

— 1 night
White Castle a town in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House and Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery, and then contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the White Castle journey planner.

You can drive from Lafayette to White Castle in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in White Castle are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in White Castle

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 5 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.
You'll explore and learn at The National WWII Museum and Jamie Hayes Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Royal Street and Magazine Street. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, examine the collection at Cabildo, make a trip to Jackson Square, and admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from White Castle to New Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from White Castle in May, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are a bit warmer (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Mobile.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Mobile

— 3 nights
Popular historic sites such as Bellingrath Gardens and Home and Confederate Rest Cemetery are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Hillyer House and Burris Farm Market. Get out of town with these interesting Mobile side-trips: Hurricane Katrina Memorial (in Biloxi) and The La Pointe-Krebs House & Museum (in Pascagoula).

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mobile travel route planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Mobile by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in May: highs in Mobile hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Mobile

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Gulf Shores

— 2 nights
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get in on the excitement at Bodenhamer Recreation Center, stop by Billy's Seafood, then view the masterpieces at Pottery Central World Headquarters, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Orange Beach Waterfront Park. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Holmes Medical Museum, get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Foley, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gulf Shores trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mobile to Gulf Shores takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cullman.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Beaches · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cullman

— 1 night
Cullman is a city and the county seat of Cullman County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of 3rd Street Promenade, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, then stop by Beehive Bathhouse, then take an in-depth tour of Cullman County Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Cullman road trip app.

You can drive from Gulf Shores to Cullman in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Gulf Shores in May, expect Cullman to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Blue Ridge.

Things to do in Cullman

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Blue Ridge

— 4 nights

Historic High Country

A small resort town located in Georgia's "Historic High Country," Blue Ridge sits right on the national scenic trail that follows the Appalachian mountain range for over 3,300 km (2,100 mi).
Appreciate the collections at It's By Nature and Elizabeth Ellison Gallery. For shopping fun, head to Highlander Gallery or Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops. Venture out of the city with trips to 12 Spies Vineyards and Farm (in Rabun Gap), Old Jail Museum (in Hayesville) and The American Museum of the House Cat (in Sylva). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Mark of the Potter, stop by Highlander Gallery, and shop like a local with Skylake Galleries.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Blue Ridge visit planner.

You can drive from Cullman to Blue Ridge in 4 hours. Traveling from Cullman to Blue Ridge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Blue Ridge

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
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.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Military Museums · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.