30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 12 nights
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Donaldsonville
— 2 nights
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Saint Francisville
— 3 nights
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Lafayette
— 5 nights
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Natchitoches
— 3 nights
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Bossier City
— 4 nights
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New Orleans — 12 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Our Sacred Stories and Jamie Hayes Gallery. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read New Orleans travel itinerary planner.

Columbus to New Orleans is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to New Orleans. When traveling from Columbus in November, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Donaldsonville.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

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 14th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, then take an in-depth tour of Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and then examine the collection at Whitney Plantation. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Madewood Plantation, then contemplate the long history of Bocage Plantation, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Houmas House and Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Donaldsonville trip planner.

Drive from New Orleans to Donaldsonville in 1.5 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in November, you will find days in Donaldsonville are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are little chillier (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Francisville.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trips

Saint Francisville — 3 nights

St. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Myrtles Plantation and West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francisville United Methodist Church.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Francisville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Donaldsonville to Saint Francisville takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Saint Francisville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lafayette.
Historic Sites · Museums

Lafayette — 5 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mike the Tiger's Habitat and Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. Venture out of the city with trips to Jungle Gardens (in Avery Island) and Baton Rouge (Louisiana's Old State Capitol, State Capitol Welcome Center, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, surround yourself with nature on The Atchafalaya Experience, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, and explore the world behind art at Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Lafayette route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Saint Francisville to Lafayette takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in November, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Natchitoches.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Natchitoches — 3 nights

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort St. Jean Baptiste and Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store. Step out of Natchitoches to go to Winnfield and see Louisiana Political Museum, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, and see the interesting displays at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Natchitoches route planner.

Drive from Lafayette to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Natchitoches when traveling from Lafayette in November, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Bossier City.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Bossier City — 4 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like R. W. Norton Art Gallery and Barksdale Global Power Museum. Step out of Bossier City with an excursion to Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe--about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Louisiana Boardwalk, sample the tasty concoctions at Great Raft Brewing, take an in-depth tour of Pioneer Heritage Center, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. John Berchmans.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bossier City visit planner.

Drive from Natchitoches to Bossier City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
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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.