30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana planner
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Lafayette
— 6 nights
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Natchitoches
— 5 nights
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Saint Francisville
— 3 nights
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Donaldsonville
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 13 nights
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Lafayette — 6 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Explore hidden gems such as Mike the Tiger's Habitat and Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. Change things up with these side-trips from Lafayette: Jungle Gardens (in Avery Island), Tupper Museum (in Jennings) and Baton Rouge (Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana's Old State Capitol, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, browse for treasures at Lagniappe Antiques Etc., and get a dose of the wild on The Atchafalaya Experience.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lafayette route planner.

Columbus to Lafayette is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in November: high temperatures in Lafayette hover around 72°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Natchitoches.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Natchitoches — 5 nights

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort St. Jean Baptiste and Louisiana Political Museum. Step out of Natchitoches with an excursion to Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, see the interesting displays at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, don't miss a visit to American Cemetery, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Natchitoches day trip tool.

You can drive from Lafayette to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lafayette in November since evenings lows in Natchitoches dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Francisville.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Saint Francisville — 3 nights

St. Explore hidden gems such as The Myrtles Plantation and West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and pause for some serene contemplation at Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saint Francisville trip builder app.

Getting from Natchitoches to Saint Francisville by car takes about 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Saint Francisville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Donaldsonville.
Historic Sites · Museums

Donaldsonville — 2 nights

Donaldsonville is a small city in and the parish seat of Ascension Parish in south Louisiana, United States, located along the River Road of the west bank of the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Oak Alley Plantation, take an in-depth tour of Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House and Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation and then see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Donaldsonville travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint Francisville to Donaldsonville in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Donaldsonville are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trips

New Orleans — 13 nights

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 Our Sacred Stories and Walking tours. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Slidell (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Olde Towne Slidell Main Street). Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, stroll around New Orleans City Park, and wander the streets of Garden District.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the New Orleans trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Donaldsonville to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Donaldsonville in November: highs in New Orleans hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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.