31 days in Louisiana Itinerary

31 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana travel route builder

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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

— 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. Kids will enjoy Shreveport Aquarium and Shreveport Dog Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Gardens of the American Rose Center and Louisiana Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bossier City: Mansfield Female College Museum (in Mansfield), Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge (in Mooringsport) and Earl G. Williamson Park (in Oil City). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Lake Bistineau State Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Jubilee Zoo, examine the collection at Mardi Gras Museum, and walk around Duck PondI.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bossier City trip planner.

Orlando to Bossier City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando to Bossier City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orlando in December, expect Bossier City to be slightly colder, temps between 59°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Bossier City

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Natchitoches

— 4 nights
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 Arna Bontemps African American Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Historic District Shopping and Prudhomme-Rouquier House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Natchitoches: Alexandria (T.R.E.E. House & Kent Plantation House), Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many) and Hodges Gardens State Park (in Florien). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, get engrossed in the history at Forts Randolph and Buhlow, contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jean Baptiste, and get in on the family fun at Natchitoches Alligator Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Natchitoches trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Bossier City to Natchitoches in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Charles

— 3 nights
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Holly Beach and Zigler Museum. Attractions like Tupper Museum and Sabine National Wildlife Refuge make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to City of Crowley (in Crowley), Peveto Woods Birds & Butterfly Sanctuary (in Cameron) and CM Farms (in Dry Creek). 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 · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

New Iberia

— 3 nights
New Iberia is a small city in and the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kids will enjoy Lake End Park and Prehistoric Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jungle Gardens and Rip Van Winkle Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Cypremort Point State Park (in Cypremort Point) and Morgan City (Diving & ROV Historical Preservation Museum & Brownell Memorial Park). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Zoo Of Acadiana, explore the activities along Spanish Lake, take an in-depth tour of Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Bird City.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the New Iberia holiday planning app.

Drive from Lake Charles to New Iberia in 2 hours. December in New Iberia sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Iberia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Baton Rouge

— 5 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of St John the Evangelist and Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site. Bring the kids along to Mike the Tiger's Habitat and State Capitol Welcome Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Lafayette (Urns of Justice, Vermilionville, &more), Oak Alley Plantation (in Vacherie) 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

New Orleans

— 11 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Immaculate Conception Church and New Orleans City Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Whitney Plantation and Audubon Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Slidell (Slidell Historic Antique District, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more), Evergreen Plantation (in Edgard) and Breton National Wildlife Refuge - Chandeleur Islands (in Venice). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Faubourg Marigny, stop by Boutique du Vampyre, 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.