22 days in Louisiana Itinerary

22 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Drive to Houma
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Houma
— 1 night
Drive
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New Orleans
— 8 nights
Drive
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Baton Rouge
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lafayette
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shreveport
— 3 nights
Fly

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Houma

— 1 night
Houma is the largest city in and the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and the largest principal city of the Houma - Bayou Cane - Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at St. Joseph Plantation, then see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation, and then take an in-depth tour of Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ardoyne Plantation, admire the striking features of Oak Alley Plantation, and then steep yourself in history at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Houma online day trip planner.

Detroit to Houma is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Detroit to Houma, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Houma is somewhat warmer than Detroit - with highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houma

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 8 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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and see the interesting displays at Cabildo.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans trip planner.

Drive from Houma to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Houma in May, expect nights in New Orleans to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Baton Rouge

— 5 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Explore Baton Rouge's surroundings by going to Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow), Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery (in Pierre Part) and Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at USS Kidd, stroll around North Boulevard Town Square, have fun and explore at Knock Knock Children's Museum, and take an in-depth tour of West Baton Rouge Museum.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Baton Rouge trip planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in May: highs in Baton Rouge hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 4 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Get out of town with these interesting Lafayette side-trips: Lake Charles (Veteran's Memorial Park, Millennium Park, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, take in the views from Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge and Monument, admire the majestic nature at Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site, and get a dose of the wild on The Atchafalaya Experience.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lafayette trip site.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. May in Lafayette sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shreveport.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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. Change things up with a short trip to Fort St. Jean Baptiste in Natchitoches (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at R. W. Norton Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Shreveport Water Works Museum, try your luck at Harrah's Louisiana Downs, and take an in-depth tour of Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shreveport trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lafayette to Shreveport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Shreveport are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Shreveport

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games

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.