31 days in Louisiana Itinerary

31 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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Bossier City
— 4 nights
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Natchitoches
— 4 nights
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Lake Charles
— 3 nights
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New Iberia
— 3 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 5 nights
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New Orleans
— 11 nights
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Bossier City

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. Kids will enjoy Shreveport Aquarium and Gardens of the American Rose Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Louisiana Boardwalk and Lake Bistineau State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bossier City: Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge (in Mooringsport), Mansfield Female College Museum (in Mansfield) and Earl G. Williamson Park (in Oil City). The adventure continues: walk around Duck PondI, get to know the resident critters at Jubilee Zoo, admire the natural beauty at R.S. Barnwell Memorial Garden & Art Center, and browse the different shops at Pecanland Mall.

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Orlando to Bossier City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Bossier City is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Orlando in December; daily highs in Bossier City reach 59°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Bossier City

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Natchitoches

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store and Prudhomme-Rouquier House. Kids will appreciate attractions like Historic District Shopping and National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Natchitoches: Alexandria (Arna Bontemps African American Museum, T.R.E.E. House, &more), Hodges Gardens State Park (in Florien) and Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many). There's still lots to do: cruise along Cane River National Heritage Trail, get engrossed in the history at Old Courthouse Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, and contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jean Baptiste.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Natchitoches trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bossier City to Natchitoches in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Natchitoches are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Lake Charles

Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Holly Beach and Peveto Woods Birds & Butterfly Sanctuary. Attractions like Tupper Museum and Sam Houston Jones State Park make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Zigler Museum (in Jennings), CM Farms (in Dry Creek) and City of Crowley (in Crowley). There's still lots to do: stroll around The Grove, tee off at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L'Auberge Du Lac, examine the collection at Children's Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Crying Eagle Brewing Company.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Charles road trip website.

You can drive from Natchitoches to Lake Charles in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lake Charles can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to New Iberia.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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New Iberia

New Iberia is a small city in and the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kids will enjoy Lake End Park and Brownell Memorial Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jungle Gardens and Diving & ROV Historical Preservation Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Prehistoric Park (in Henderson) and Cypremort Point State Park (in Cypremort Point). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Bird City, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Of Acadiana, and pause for some photo ops at Evangeline Monument.

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Traveling by car from Lake Charles to New Iberia takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in New Iberia are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Iberia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of St John the Evangelist and State Capitol Welcome Center. Bring the kids along to Mike the Tiger's Habitat and Vermilionville. Venture out of the city with trips to Lafayette (Urns of Justice & Red Lerille's Health & Raquet Club), Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation & Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site) and Darrow (Houmas House Plantation and Gardens & Bocage Plantation). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Myrtles Plantation, steep yourself in history at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, learn about all things military at USS Kidd, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center.

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You can drive from New Iberia to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Baton Rouge are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Immaculate Conception Church and New Orleans City Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Faubourg Marigny and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Evergreen Plantation (in Edgard), Breton National Wildlife Refuge - Chandeleur Islands (in Venice) and Whitney Plantation (in Wallace). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, get engrossed in the history at The Presbytere, view the masterpieces at Jamie Hayes Gallery, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans visit website.

Getting from Baton Rouge to New Orleans by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Baton Rouge, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · 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.