34 days in Louisiana Itinerary

34 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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34 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Tallahassee
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Baton Rouge
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lafayette
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Lake Charles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Natchitoches
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Shreveport
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Tallulah
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
New Orleans
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tallahassee

5
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and Nottoway Plantation are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Mike the Tiger Habitat and The 13th Gate. Explore Baton Rouge's surroundings by going to Saint Francisville (Audubon State Historic Site, Butler Greenwood Plantation, & more), Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery (in Pierre Part) and Patterson (Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Museum & Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, sample the fine beverages at Cane Land Distilling Company, get engrossed in the history at West Baton Rouge Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge day trip website .

Tallahassee to Baton Rouge is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Baton Rouge can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, Vacherie, Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum, Nottoway Plantation, West Baton Rouge Museum
Highlights from your plan
Louisiana's Old State Capitol ©
Louisiana's Old State Capitol
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site ©
St. Joseph Plantation ©
St. Joseph Plantation

4
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vermilionville and Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum and Acadian Cultural Center will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Lafayette: Jungle Gardens (in Avery Island), New Iberia (Shadows on the Teche & Rip Van Winkle Gardens) and Eunice (Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum & Prairie Acadian Cultural Center). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Martin, get to know the fascinating history of Acadian Village, get outside with Lamson Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Landry Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lafayette travel planner .

You can drive from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in April, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

New Iberia, Eunice, Church of St Martin de Tours, Jungle Gardens, Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shadows on the Teche ©
Shadows on the Teche
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©
Rip Van Winkle Gardens ©
Rip Van Winkle Gardens

5
nights
Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is a brackish lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana, United States, situated almost entirely within the Lake Charles city limits. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tupper Museum and Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu. Get outdoors at Holly Beach and Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge. Go for a jaunt from Lake Charles to Dequincy to see Dequincy Railroad Museum about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, see the interesting displays at USS Orleck, get to know the fascinating history of Charpentier Historic District, and play a few rounds at Gray Plantation.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Charles trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Lafayette to Lake Charles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Lake Charles are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sulphur, Louisiana, Holly Beach, Bayou Rum Distillery, Tupper Museum
Highlights from your plan
Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point ©
Dequincy Railroad Museum ©
Dequincy Railroad Museum
Tupper Museum ©
Tupper Museum

3
nights
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store and Historic District Shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Melrose Plantation and Oakland Plantation. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cane River Creole National Historical Park, cruise along Cane River National Heritage Trail, steep yourself in history at Prudhomme-Rouquier House, and make a trip to American Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Natchitoches trip tool .

You can drive from Lake Charles to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Natchitoches can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Shreveport.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Oakland Plantation, Melrose Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Fort St. Jean Baptiste ©
Fort St. Jean Baptiste

5
nights
Shreveport

Shreveport ©
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. R. W. Norton Art Gallery and Germantown Colony Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Mansfield State Historic Site and Caddo Parish Confederate Monument for their historical value. Explore Shreveport's surroundings by going to Chimp Haven (in Keithville) and Dorcheat Historical Museum (in Minden). There's much more to do: try your luck at Margaritaville Resort Casino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Louisiana Boardwalk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shreveport tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Natchitoches to Shreveport takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Shreveport are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Tallulah.

Things to do in Shreveport

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bossier City, Minden, Mansfield State Historic Site, Chimp Haven
Highlights from your plan
R. W. Norton Art Gallery ©
R. W. Norton Art Gallery
Barksdale Global Power Museum ©
Barksdale Global Power Museum
Sci-Port Discovery Center ©
Sci-Port Discovery Center

2
nights
Tallulah

Tallulah ©
Tallulah is a small city in and the parish seat of Madison Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): witness the site of a historic battle at Grant's canal and then take an in-depth tour of Southern Heritage Air Foundation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Wild Country Safari Park, explore the galleries of Poverty Point World Heritage Site, and then explore and take pictures at Panola Pepper Company.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tallulah trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Shreveport to Tallulah in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Tallulah

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Epps, Grant's canal, Panola Pepper Company
Highlights from your plan
Southern Heritage Air Foundation ©
Southern Heritage Air Foundation
Poverty Point World Heritage Site ©
Grant's canal ©
Grant's canal

9
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get a sense of the local culture at Whitney Plantation and The National WWII Museum. Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Evergreen Plantation in Edgard (about 54 minutes away). Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, see the interesting displays at New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and don't miss a visit to French Quarter.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tallulah to New Orleans takes 4 hours. When traveling from Tallulah in May, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 70°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Evergreen Plantation, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Destrehan Plantation, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District

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