22 days in Louisiana Itinerary

22 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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22 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Nimes
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Lake Charles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Natchitoches
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bossier City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lafayette
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Baton Rouge
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
New Orleans
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Nimes

2
nights
Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is a brackish lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana, United States, situated almost entirely within the Lake Charles city limits. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bayou Rum Distillery and The Country Club at the Golden Nugget. Get in touch with nature at Holly Beach and Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point. There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Gray Plantation, tour the pleasant surroundings at Veteran's Memorial Park, and try your luck at Golden Nugget Casino.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Charles itinerary website .

Nimes, France to Lake Charles is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nimes in June; daily highs in Lake Charles reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Bayou Rum Distillery, Holly Beach, Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point
Highlights from your plan
Holly Beach ©
Holly Beach
Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point ©
Gray Plantation ©
Gray Plantation

2
nights
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Melrose Plantation, then cruise along Cane River National Heritage Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store and then head outdoors with Living The Dream Guide Service.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Natchitoches planner .

Drive from Lake Charles to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. In July in Natchitoches, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bossier City.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Melrose Plantation, Living The Dream Guide Service
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Plantation ©
Melrose Plantation

2
nights
Bossier City

Bossier City ©
Bossier City is a suburb of Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, located in Bossier Parish.As of the 2010 census, Bossier City had a population of 61,315. On the 4th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Chimp Haven and then try to win big at Margaritaville Resort Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at R. W. Norton Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Caddo Parish Confederate Monument, then browse the different shops at Louisiana Boardwalk, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Great Raft Brewing.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bossier City journey maker app .

You can drive from Natchitoches to Bossier City in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Lafayette.

Things to do in Bossier City

Casinos Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Shreveport, Chimp Haven
Highlights from your plan
Margaritaville Resort Casino ©
Margaritaville Resort Casino
Great Raft Brewing ©
Great Raft Brewing
R. W. Norton Art Gallery ©
R. W. Norton Art Gallery

3
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Get in touch with nature at Jungle Gardens and Lake Martin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vermilionville and Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. Change things up with these side-trips from Lafayette: Bayou Teche Brewing (in Arnaudville) and Rip Van Winkle Gardens (in New Iberia). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Lamson Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Landry Catholic Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Martin de Tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lafayette trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Bossier City to Lafayette takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lafayette can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Landry Catholic Church, Church of St Martin de Tours, Bayou Teche Brewing, Lake Martin, Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Bayou Teche Brewing ©
Bayou Teche Brewing
Lamson Park ©
Lamson Park

3
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Get outdoors at Mike the Tiger Habitat and Lake End Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and Louisiana's Old State Capitol. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at LSU Tiger Stadium, get engrossed in the history at LSU Rural Life Museum, examine the collection at USS Kidd, and ponder the world of politics at State Capitol Welcome Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Baton Rouge trip site .

You can drive from Lafayette to Baton Rouge in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, Lake End Park, Plaquemine Lock
Highlights from your plan
USS Kidd ©
USS Kidd
Mike the Tiger Habitat ©
Mike the Tiger Habitat

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Old New Orleans Rum Distillery. Visiting Global Wildlife Center and Ultimate Swamp Adventures will get you outdoors. When in New Orleans, make a side trip to see Whitney Plantation in Wallace, approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street, and learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our New Orleans trip planner.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Baton Rouge in July, plan for little chillier days in New Orleans, with highs around 31°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, Global Wildlife Center, Ultimate Swamp Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Global Wildlife Center ©
Global Wildlife Center
Kayaking & Canoeing

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