31 days in Louisiana Itinerary

31 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 12 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 4 nights
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Lafayette
— 4 nights
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Lake Charles
— 3 nights
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Natchitoches
— 3 nights
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Shreveport
— 4 nights
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New Orleans

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Immaculate Conception Church and Faubourg Marigny. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at New Orleans City Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Olde Towne Slidell Main Street (in Slidell), San Francisco Plantation (in Garyville) and Whitney Plantation (in Wallace). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, examine the collection at 1850 House, and get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans day trip app.

Orlando to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orlando in December, expect nights in New Orleans to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are colder, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
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Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mike the Tiger's Habitat and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Kids will appreciate attractions like State Capitol Welcome Center and USS Kidd. Venture out of the city with trips to Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation, Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, &more), Donaldsonvillle (in Donaldsonville) and Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Myrtles Plantation, walk around North Boulevard Town Square, have fun and explore at Knock Knock Children's Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francisville United Methodist Church.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge trip maker.

Getting from New Orleans to Baton Rouge by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in December: highs in Baton Rouge hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

4
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Lafayette

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Explore hidden gems such as Jungle Gardens and Lake Martin. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedral of St John the Evangelist and Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge and Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lafayette: Avery Island (Bird City & Avery island) and New Iberia (Rip Van Winkle Gardens & Conrad Rice Museum). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, surround yourself with nature on The Atchafalaya Experience, steep yourself in history at Acadian Village, and relax and rejuvenate at Red Lerille's Health & Raquet Club.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lafayette route maker tool.

Drive from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Lafayette sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

3
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Lake Charles

Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Holly Beach and Tupper Museum. Bring the kids along to The Grove and Zigler Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Sabine Pass Lighthouse in Cameron (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Brimstone Museum Complex, take an in-depth tour of Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, walk around Prien Lake Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lake Charles day trip planning website.

You can drive from Lafayette to Lake Charles in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

3
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Natchitoches

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Bring the kids along to Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store and Oakland Plantation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to North Toledo Bend State Park and Jimmie Davis State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Natchitoches: Driskill Mountain (in Bienville) and Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Prudhomme-Rouquier House, examine the collection at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, make a trip to American Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Natchitoches online route planner.

You can drive from Lake Charles to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lake Charles in December, plan for little chillier nights in Natchitoches, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Shreveport.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Shreveport

Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Shreveport Aquarium and Louisiana Boardwalk. Attractions like R. W. Norton Art Gallery and First United Methodist Church make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shreveport: Minden (Dorcheat Historical Museum & Germantown Colony Museum), Chimp Haven (in Keithville) and Lake Bistineau State Park (in Doyline). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, look for gifts at Libbey Glass Outlet, brush up on your military savvy at Barksdale Global Power Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Meadows Museum of Art.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Shreveport route planning website.

Drive from Natchitoches to Shreveport in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Shreveport are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shreveport

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · 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.