30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h
1
New Orleans
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Vacherie
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
New Iberia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Saint Francisville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
West Monroe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bossier City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Natchitoches
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Lake Charles
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Lake Lawn Metairie. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, stroll through New Orleans City Park, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to New Orleans is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to New Orleans is minus 16 hours. When traveling from Sydney in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 33°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vacherie.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ultimate Swamp Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum

2
nights
Vacherie

Vacherie ©
Vacherie is a small unincorporated community in St. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Evergreen Plantation, then see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation, and then admire the striking features of Oak Alley Plantation. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at St. Joseph Plantation, then contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, then stroll the grounds of St. John's Historic Cemetery, and finally admire all the interesting features of Nicholls State University.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vacherie vacation builder .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Vacherie takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from New Orleans in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Vacherie, with highs around 37°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Iberia.

Things to do in Vacherie

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Thibodaux, Evergreen Plantation, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

3
nights
New Iberia

New Iberia ©
New Iberia is a small city in and the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Jungle Gardens and Lake Martin. Explore New Iberia's surroundings by going to Lafayette (Vermilionville & Cathedral of St John the Evangelist). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Bird City, admire the majestic nature at Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Martin de Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our New Iberia travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Vacherie to New Iberia by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in New Iberia can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Francisville.

Things to do in New Iberia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Lafayette, Saint Martinville, Avery Island, Lake Martin
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Lake Martin ©
Lake Martin

3
nights
Saint Francisville

Saint Francisville ©
St. Discover out-of-the-way places like LSU Tiger Stadium and Louisiana's Old State Capitol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Francisville: Baton Rouge (LSU Rural Life Museum, Mike the Tiger Habitat, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, stroll the grounds of Port Hudson National Cemetery, and make a trip to The Myrtles Plantation.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Francisville trip builder website .

You can drive from New Iberia to Saint Francisville in 2 hours. In June in Saint Francisville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to West Monroe.

Things to do in Saint Francisville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Baton Rouge, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Port Hudson National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site ©
LSU Tiger Stadium ©
LSU Tiger Stadium
USS Kidd ©
USS Kidd

3
nights
West Monroe

West Monroe ©
West Monroe is a city in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jimmie Davis State Park and Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Take a break from West Monroe with a short trip to Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Duck Commander Gift Shop and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiroli Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for West Monroe using our trip planner.

Drive from Saint Francisville to West Monroe in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bossier City.

Things to do in West Monroe

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Lincoln Parish Park, Jimmie Davis State Park
Highlights from your plan
Jimmie Davis State Park ©
Jimmie Davis State Park
Kiroli Park ©
Kiroli Park

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 20th (Sun), try your luck at Horseshoe Casino, then admire the masterpieces at R. W. Norton Art Gallery, then appreciate the history behind Caddo Parish Confederate Monument, and finally browse the different shops at Louisiana Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, identify plant and animal life at Red River National Wildlife Refuge, and then try to win big at Margaritaville Resort Casino.

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Getting from West Monroe to Bossier City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Bossier City, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Bossier City

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

Side Trip

Shreveport
Highlights from your plan
Margaritaville Resort Casino ©
Margaritaville Resort Casino
Louisiana Boardwalk ©
Louisiana Boardwalk
R. W. Norton Art Gallery ©
R. W. Norton Art Gallery

3
nights
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store and Alexandria Zoological Park. Explore Natchitoches' surroundings by going to Natchitoches Pecans (in Cloutierville) and River Oaks Square Arts Center (in Alexandria). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping, explore the striking landscape of Cane River Creole National Historical Park, and see the interesting displays at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Natchitoches travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Bossier City to Natchitoches takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Natchitoches are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Alexandria, Oakland Plantation, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Natchitoches Pecans, Melrose Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Oakland Plantation ©
Oakland Plantation

4
nights
Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Golden Nugget Casino and Coushatta Casino Resort. Step out of Lake Charles with an excursion to Tupper Museum in Jennings--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Millennium Park, get to know the fascinating history of Charpentier Historic District, play a few rounds at Gray Plantation, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bayou Rum Distillery.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lake Charles travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Natchitoches to Lake Charles takes 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

Side Trips

Sulphur, Coushatta Casino Resort, Bayou Rum Distillery, Tupper Museum
Highlights from your plan
Golden Nugget Casino ©
Golden Nugget Casino
Gray Plantation ©
Gray Plantation
Tupper Museum ©
Tupper Museum

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