28 days in Louisiana Itinerary

28 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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28 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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

5
nights
Shreveport

Shreveport ©
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort St. Jean Baptiste and Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store. Do some cultural sightseeing at R. W. Norton Art Gallery and Historic District Shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shreveport: Natchitoches (The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception & Cane River National Heritage Trail). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Barksdale Global Power Museum, pause for some photo ops at Caddo Parish Confederate Monument, snap pictures at Texas Street Bridge, and browse the different shops at Louisiana Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Shreveport trip planner .

Newark to Shreveport is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Shreveport. Traveling from Newark in May, things will get a bit warmer in Shreveport: highs are around 82°F and lows about 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Shreveport

Historic Sites Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Natchitoches, Bossier City
Highlights from your plan
Fort St. Jean Baptiste ©
Fort St. Jean Baptiste
Historic District Shopping ©
Historic District Shopping

4
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mae's Beach and Holly Beach. Get some cultural insight at Fort Polk Museum and Sabine Pass Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake Charles: Alexandria Zoological Park (in Alexandria) and Coushatta Casino Resort (in Kinder). The adventure continues: try to win big at Golden Nugget Casino and walk around Veteran's Memorial Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lake Charles trip site .

Traveling by car from Shreveport to Lake Charles takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lafayette.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks Beaches Casinos

Side Trips

Cameron, Fort Polk Museum, Coushatta Casino Resort, Alexandria Zoological Park
Highlights from your plan
Holly Beach ©
Holly Beach
Coushatta Casino Resort ©
Coushatta Casino Resort
Sabine Pass Lighthouse ©
Sabine Pass Lighthouse

3
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Martin and Lake Martin Rookery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shadows on the Teche and Jungle Gardens. Step out of Lafayette with an excursion to Rip Van Winkle Gardens in New Iberia--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, pause for some photo ops at Evangeline Monument, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Acadian Village.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lafayette itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Lake Charles to Lafayette in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Frogmore Plantation and Bocage Plantation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and LSU Rural Life Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake End Park (in Morgan City) and St. Joseph Plantation (in Vacherie). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at USS Kidd, try to win big at Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, identify plant and animal life at Mike the Tiger Habitat, and take an in-depth tour of Capitol Park Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Baton Rouge online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Lafayette to Baton Rouge in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Baton Rouge, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can take a bus to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Denham Springs Library, St. Joseph Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, Bocage Plantation, Lake End Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Kidd ©
USS Kidd
Louisiana's Old State Capitol ©
Louisiana's Old State Capitol

9
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.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Faubourg Marigny and Escape My Room New Orleans. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Abita Brewing Company (in Abita Springs), Global Wildlife Center (in Folsom) and Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum (in Covington). Spend the 17th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Evergreen Plantation, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, get a taste of the local shopping with Jamie Hayes Gallery, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans travel planner.

You can take a bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Baton Rouge in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 83°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Abita Brewing Company, Destrehan Plantation, Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Global Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Faubourg Marigny ©
Faubourg Marigny
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Evergreen Plantation ©
Evergreen Plantation

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