30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

30 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana vacation planner

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New Orleans
— 10 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 6 nights
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Lafayette
— 5 nights
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Natchitoches
— 4 nights
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Bossier City
— 4 nights
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New Orleans

— 10 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jamie Hayes Gallery and Whitney Plantation. Venture out of the city with trips to San Francisco Plantation (in Garyville), Fort Jackson (in Buras) and Slidell (Slidell Historic Antique District & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, walk around New Orleans City Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans journey builder app.

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 and warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Baton Rouge

— 6 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Discover out-of-the-way places like Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and USS Kidd. Change things up with these side-trips from Baton Rouge: Darrow (Houmas House and Gardens & Bocage Plantation), Saint Francisville (West Feliciana Historical Society Museum, The Myrtles Plantation, &more) and Vacherie (St. Joseph Plantation & Oak Alley Plantation). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mike the Tiger's Habitat, take an in-depth tour of Louisiana's Old State Capitol, get a sense of history and politics at State Capitol Welcome Center, and try to win big at Argosy Casino.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Baton Rouge, with highs around 72°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 5 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jungle Gardens and Acadian Cultural Center. Explore Lafayette's surroundings by going to New Iberia (Spanish Lake & Konriko Company Store), Lake Charles (L'Auberge Casino Resort, Sam Houston Jones State Park, &more) and Cypremort Point State Park (in Cypremort Point). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, stroll through Bird City, and pause for some photo ops at Evangeline Monument.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Lafayette holiday site.

Getting from Baton Rouge to Lafayette by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In November in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Natchitoches

— 4 nights
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Natchitoches: Jena Choctaw Pines Casino (in Dry Prong), Fort Polk Museum (in Fort Polk) and Hodges Gardens State Park (in Florien). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Los Adaes State Historic Site, hike along Kisatchie National Forest, have fun and explore at T.R.E.E. House, and see the interesting displays at Museum of West Louisiana.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Natchitoches trip builder app.

Getting from Lafayette to Natchitoches by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lafayette in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Natchitoches, with lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bossier City.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens 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. Explore hidden gems such as Louisiana Boardwalk and Horseshoe Casino. Explore Bossier City's surroundings by going to Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge (in Mooringsport), Lake Bistineau State Park (in Doyline) and Gibsland (Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum & The Authentic Bonnie and Clyde Museum). And it doesn't end there: walk around Earl G. Williamson Park, examine the collection at Mardi Gras Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Shreveport Railroad Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bossier City travel planner.

You can drive from Natchitoches to Bossier City in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Bossier City are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bossier City

Museums · Parks · 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.