17 days in Louisiana Itinerary

17 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana trip itinerary planner
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New Orleans
— 6 nights
Drive
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Baton Rouge
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lafayette
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shreveport
— 3 nights
Fly

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New Orleans — 6 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip itinerary app.

Jacksonville to New Orleans is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jacksonville to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jacksonville in January, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Baton Rouge.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Baton Rouge — 4 nights

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baton Rouge: Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle), Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation & Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site) and Madewood Plantation (in Napoleonville). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Houmas House and Gardens, stroll through Mike the Tiger's Habitat, brush up on your military savvy at USS Kidd, and stroll around Riverfront Plaza.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Baton Rouge route maker app.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Baton Rouge takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Baton Rouge when traveling from New Orleans in January, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lafayette.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trips

Lafayette — 3 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Go for a jaunt from Lafayette to Abbeville to see Palmetto Island State Park about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, relax and rejuvenate at Red Lerille's Health & Raquet Club, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Lafayette trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Baton Rouge to Lafayette takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Lafayette sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Shreveport.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas
Side Trips

Shreveport — 3 nights

Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shreveport: North Toledo Bend State Park (in Zwolle) and The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception (in Natchitoches). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Margaritaville Resort Casino, sample the tasty concoctions at Great Raft Brewing, bet on a winner at Louisiana Downs Casino & Racetrack, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at First United Methodist Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shreveport trip planning tool.

You can drive from Lafayette to Shreveport in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lafayette in February; daily highs in Shreveport reach 61°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Nature
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.