30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana route maker
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Lafayette
— 5 nights
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Natchitoches
— 5 nights
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Saint Francisville
— 3 nights
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Donaldsonville
— 4 nights
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New Orleans
— 12 nights
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Lafayette — 5 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Explore hidden gems such as Mike the Tiger's Habitat and Jungle Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lafayette: Bird City (in Avery Island), Baton Rouge (USS Kidd, Louisiana's Old State Capitol, &more) and Lake Charles (L'Auberge Casino Resort, Golden Nugget Casino, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, learn more about the world around you at Zigler Museum, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lafayette travel 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 difference when traveling from Columbus to Lafayette is minus 1 hour. In November, Lafayette is a bit warmer than Columbus - with highs of 72°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Natchitoches.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Natchitoches — 5 nights

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Fort St. Jean Baptiste and Los Adaes State Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting Natchitoches side-trips: Lake Bistineau State Park (in Doyline), Gibsland (Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum & The Authentic Bonnie and Clyde Museum) and Louisiana Political Museum (in Winnfield). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Polk Museum, and see the interesting displays at Museum of West Louisiana.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Natchitoches online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Lafayette to Natchitoches takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lafayette in November, Natchitoches is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint Francisville.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Saint Francisville — 3 nights

St. Step off the beaten path and head to The Myrtles Plantation and Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site. Step out of Saint Francisville to go to Marksville and see Marksville State Historic Site, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site, take in nature's colorful creations at Afton Villa Gardens, and make a trip to Market Hall.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint Francisville journey app.

You can drive from Natchitoches to Saint Francisville in 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Saint Francisville are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Donaldsonville.
Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip

Donaldsonville — 4 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at International Petroleum Museum & Exposition and River Road African-American Museum. Explore Donaldsonville's surroundings by going to Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site (in Vacherie), Brownell Memorial Park (in Morgan City) and Whitney Plantation (in Wallace). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Bocage Plantation, get a dose of the wild on Atchafalaya Adventures, don't miss a visit to Donaldsonvillle, and admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Donaldsonville holiday app.

Traveling by car from Saint Francisville to Donaldsonville takes 1.5 hours. In November in Donaldsonville, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jamie Hayes Gallery and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Slidell (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Slidell Historic Antique District). Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at The Historic New Orleans Collection, walk around Audubon Park, and stop by Boutique du Vampyre.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Donaldsonville to New Orleans takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Donaldsonville in November, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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.