30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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Shreveport
— 3 nights
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Natchitoches
— 3 nights
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Lake Charles
— 3 nights
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Lafayette
— 4 nights
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Saint Francisville
— 3 nights
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Donaldsonville
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 11 nights
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Shreveport

— 3 nights
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chennault Aviation and Military Museum and Lincoln Parish Park. When in Shreveport, make a side trip to see Lake Claiborne State Park in Homer, approximately Homer away. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Louisiana Boardwalk, try your luck at Margaritaville Resort Casino, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Raft Brewing, and explore the world behind art at R. W. Norton Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Shreveport online tour itinerary planner.

Columbus to Shreveport is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Shreveport is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in November: high temperatures in Shreveport hover around 67°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Shreveport

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Natchitoches

— 3 nights
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 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. Step out of Natchitoches to go to Winnfield and see Louisiana Political Museum, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jean Baptiste, pause for some serene contemplation at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, and take in the pleasant sights at Cane River National Heritage Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Natchitoches sightseeing planner.

Drive from Shreveport to Natchitoches in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Natchitoches are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Charles

— 3 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point and Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu. There's lots more to do: stroll around Sam Houston Jones State Park, explore the world behind art at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, take an in-depth tour of Imperial Calcasieu Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bayou Rum Distillery.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Charles trip builder app.

You can drive from Natchitoches to Lake Charles in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Lake Charles can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 4 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mike the Tiger's Habitat and USS Kidd. Change things up with these side-trips from Lafayette: Baton Rouge (Louisiana's Old State Capitol, LSU Museum of Art, &more) and Avery Island (Jungle Gardens & Avery island). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Martin de Tours, take an in-depth tour of Acadian Cultural Center, and explore the world behind art at Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lafayette online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Charles to Lafayette takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint Francisville.

Things to do in Lafayette

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Francisville

— 3 nights
St. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Myrtles Plantation and West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. Step out of Saint Francisville to go to Angola and see LSP Museum, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, don't miss a visit to Greenwood Plantation, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Francisville day trip planner.

Getting from Lafayette to Saint Francisville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Saint Francisville are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Donaldsonville.

Things to do in Saint Francisville

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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. On the 18th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House and Gardens, admire the striking features of Oak Alley Plantation, then browse the exhibits of Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and finally see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation, see the interesting displays at International Petroleum Museum & Exposition, then get engrossed in the history at Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Madewood Plantation.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Donaldsonville holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Saint Francisville to Donaldsonville in 1.5 hours. November in Donaldsonville sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Donaldsonville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 11 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jamie Hayes Gallery and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Church, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read New Orleans vacation builder website.

Drive from Donaldsonville to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Donaldsonville in November, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 62°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · 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.