29 days in Louisiana Itinerary

29 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 6 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 5 nights
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Lafayette
— 4 nights
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Lake Charles
— 4 nights
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Natchitoches
— 3 nights
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Shreveport
— 3 nights
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Monroe
— 3 nights
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New Orleans

— 6 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Our Sacred Stories, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and stop by Frenchmen Street.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planner.

New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from New York City in November since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Baton Rouge

— 5 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Get out of town with these interesting Baton Rouge side-trips: Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow), Madewood Plantation (in Napoleonville) and Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery (in Pierre Part). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, get engrossed in the history at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, steep yourself in history at The Old Governor's Mansion, and explore the galleries of Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge trip planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Baton Rouge, with highs around 72°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 4 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. When in Lafayette, make a side trip to see Avery island in Avery Island, approximately Avery Island away. And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Lafayette, get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, explore the galleries of Acadian Cultural Center, and don't miss a visit to Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lafayette trip builder tool.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Lake Charles

— 4 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. Go for a jaunt from Lake Charles to Jennings to see Tupper Museum about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Veteran's Memorial Park, examine the collection at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, hike along Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bayou Rum Distillery.

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Traveling by car from Lafayette to Lake Charles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Lake Charles can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Natchitoches

— 3 nights
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. When in Natchitoches, make a side trip to see Louisiana Political Museum in Winnfield, approximately Winnfield away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, pause for some serene contemplation at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, see the interesting displays at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, and don't miss a visit to American Cemetery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Natchitoches trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Lake Charles to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lake Charles in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Natchitoches, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shreveport.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites · Museums

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shreveport: Minden (Dorcheat Historical Museum & Germantown Colony Museum). The adventure continues: try your luck at Margaritaville Resort Casino, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, admire the masterpieces at Meadows Museum of Art, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Raft Brewing.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shreveport online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Natchitoches to Shreveport takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Monroe.

Things to do in Shreveport

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Monroe

— 3 nights
Monroe is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monroe: Poverty Point World Heritage Site (in Epps), Southern Heritage Air Foundation (in Tallulah) and Lincoln Parish Park (in Ruston). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, test your team's savvy at Southern Escape Room, and stroll through Biedenharn Museum & Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monroe online day trip planner.

You can drive from Shreveport to Monroe in 2 hours. November in Monroe sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Monroe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Louisiana travel guide

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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.