30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana trip planner
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New Orleans
— 10 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 4 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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West Monroe
— 1 night
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Bossier City
— 3 nights
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New Orleans — 10 nights

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: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, and walk around New Orleans City Park.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip itinerary website.

Columbus to New Orleans is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Columbus in November, plan for a bit warmer days in New Orleans, with highs around 62°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Baton Rouge.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip

Baton Rouge — 4 nights

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Explore Baton Rouge's surroundings by going to Vacherie (St. Joseph Plantation, Oak Alley Plantation, &more), Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow) and Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery (in Pierre Part). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation, admire all the interesting features of Louisiana's Old State Capitol, see the interesting displays at Louisiana State Archives, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mike the Tiger's Habitat.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read 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 and little chillier nights in Baton Rouge: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lafayette.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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 Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum in Jeanerette, approximately Jeanerette away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, steep yourself in history at Acadian Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Atchafalaya Experience.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Lafayette trip planner.

Getting from Baton Rouge to Lafayette by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Lafayette can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lake Charles.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
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. Take a break from Lake Charles with a short trip to Tupper Museum in Jennings, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll around Veteran's Memorial Park, try to win big at Golden Nugget Casino, examine the collection at USS Orleck Naval Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Bayou Rum Distillery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Charles online trip maker.

Getting from Lafayette to Lake Charles by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Natchitoches.
Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Natchitoches — 3 nights

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Natchitoches: Natchitoches Pecans (in Cloutierville), Jimmie Davis State Park (in Chatham) and Louisiana Political Museum (in Winnfield). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, examine the collection at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, and don't miss a visit to American Cemetery.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Natchitoches road trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Charles to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lake Charles in November since evenings lows in Natchitoches dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to West Monroe.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Side Trips

West Monroe — 1 night

West Monroe is a city in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, and then examine the collection at Masur Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the West Monroe online holiday planner.

Getting from Natchitoches to West Monroe by car takes about 2 hours. In November in West Monroe, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bossier City.
Museums
Side Trip

Bossier City — 3 nights

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. Step out of Bossier City to go to Homer and see Lake Claiborne State Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: try to win big at Margaritaville Resort Casino, pause for some serene contemplation at First United Methodist Church, stop by Libbey Glass Outlet, and sample the tasty concoctions at Red River Brewing Company.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Bossier City online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from West Monroe to Bossier City takes 1.5 hours. In November in Bossier City, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos · Shopping
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.