21 days in Louisiana Itinerary

21 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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21 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9 h
1
Shreveport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Natchitoches
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Lafayette
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Baton Rouge
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
New Orleans
— 8 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Newark

3
nights
Shreveport

Shreveport ©
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Let the collections at R. W. Norton Art Gallery and Barksdale Global Power Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sci-Port Discovery Center and Caddo Parish Confederate Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Shreveport side-trips: Gibsland (Historic Bonnie and Clyde Gas Station, The Authentic Bonnie and Clyde Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Casino, appreciate the extensive heritage of Red River District, and browse the different shops at Louisiana Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Shreveport road trip planner.

Newark to Shreveport is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Shreveport due to the time zone difference. In May, Shreveport is a bit warmer than Newark - with highs of 82°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Shreveport

Museums Historic Sites Casinos

Side Trips

Gibsland, Bossier City
Highlights from your plan
R. W. Norton Art Gallery ©
R. W. Norton Art Gallery
Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum ©
Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum
The Authentic Bonnie and Clyde Museum ©

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 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jean Baptiste, then cruise along Cane River National Heritage Trail, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, get engrossed in the history at Old Courthouse Museum, then steep yourself in history at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Natchitoches road trip website .

You can drive from Shreveport to Natchitoches in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lafayette.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Fort St. Jean Baptiste ©
Fort St. Jean Baptiste
Historic District Shopping ©
Historic District Shopping

3
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acadian Cultural Center and Shadows on the Teche. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of St John the Evangelist and Chretien Point Plantation are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Lafayette: Rip Van Winkle Gardens (in New Iberia) and Jungle Gardens (in Avery Island). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, contemplate the long history of Acadian Village, and appreciate the history behind Urns of Justice.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lafayette journey builder site .

You can drive from Natchitoches to Lafayette in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Lafayette can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

New Iberia, Chretien Point Plantation, Jungle Gardens, Lake Martin
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©
Rip Van Winkle Gardens ©
Rip Van Winkle Gardens

4
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and USS Kidd. Visit St. Joseph Plantation and St. Joseph Cathedral for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baton Rouge: The Myrtles Plantation (in Saint Francisville) and Lake End Park (in Morgan City). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, try to win big at Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, stroll around Riverfront Plaza, and explore and take pictures at LSU Tiger Stadium.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lafayette to Baton Rouge takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Baton Rouge, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a bus to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, Lake End Park, St. Joseph Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Louisiana's Old State Capitol ©
Louisiana's Old State Capitol
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site ©
The Myrtles Plantation ©
The Myrtles Plantation

8
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Evergreen Plantation and Destrehan Plantation. Get in touch with nature at Global Wildlife Center and Ultimate Swamp Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Whitney Plantation (in Wallace), Abita Brewing Company (in Abita Springs) and Ponchatoula Country Market (in Ponchatoula). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, stroll the grounds of Lake Lawn Metairie, take in the exciting artwork at Jamie Hayes Gallery, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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You can take a bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Baton Rouge in June: highs in New Orleans hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Destrehan Plantation, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Abita Brewing Company, Global Wildlife Center, Ponchatoula Country Market
Highlights from your plan
Faubourg Marigny ©
Faubourg Marigny
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Evergreen Plantation ©
Evergreen Plantation

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