22 days in Louisiana Itinerary

22 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana route planner
Make it your trip
— 1 night
Lake Charles
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
Baton Rouge
— 3 nights
New Orleans
— 10 nights


Shreveport — 1 night

Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Chimp Haven and then appreciate the history behind Caddo Parish Confederate Monument. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Red River National Wildlife Refuge and then try your luck at Margaritaville Resort Casino.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Shreveport trip planning tool.

Philadelphia to Shreveport is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Philadelphia to Shreveport, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in December: high temperatures in Shreveport hover around 59°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Charles.
Wildlife · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Lake Charles — 3 nights

Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. Get outdoors at Mae's Beach and Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge. The adventure continues: trek along Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, and tee off at Gray Plantation.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Charles trip planner.

Getting from Shreveport to Lake Charles by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. December in Lake Charles sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lafayette.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips

Lafayette — 4 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Head to Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery and Savoy Music Centerfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Acadian Village and Vermilionville. Change things up with these side-trips from Lafayette: Avery Island (Avery island & Jungle Gardens). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with The Atchafalaya Experience, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lafayette road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Lake Charles to Lafayette in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in December, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Baton Rouge.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping
Side Trips

Baton Rouge — 3 nights

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nottoway Plantation and Louisiana State Archives. Shop till you drop at Tanger Outlets Gonzales and Red Stick Farmers Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Madewood Plantation (in Napoleonville), Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow) and Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site (in Vacherie). There's more to do: stroll through Mike the Tiger's Habitat.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge road trip planner.

Drive from Lafayette to Baton Rouge in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in January, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to New Orleans.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Side Trips

New Orleans — 10 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Escape the urban bustle at Chalmette National Historical Park and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Get a sense of the local culture at The National WWII Museum and Royal Street. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, make a trip to French Quarter, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and shop like a local with Magazine Street.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip planner.

Getting from Baton Rouge to New Orleans by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Baton Rouge in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in New Orleans. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Louisiana travel guide

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.