35 days in Louisiana Itinerary

35 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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Lake Charles
— 2 nights
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Lafayette
— 4 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 4 nights
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New Orleans
— 15 nights
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Monroe
— 4 nights
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Shreveport
— 3 nights
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Natchitoches
— 2 nights
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Lake Charles

— 2 nights
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. Get in touch with nature at Cajun Skydiving Center and Gator Chateau. When in Lake Charles, make a side trip to see Holly Beach in Cameron, approximately Cameron away. There's much more to do: trek along Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, stroll around Veteran's Memorial Park, get to know the fascinating history of Charpentier Historic District, and tee off at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L'Auberge Du Lac.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Charles attractions planner.

Houston to Lake Charles is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Houston in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Lake Charles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 4 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Visit Vermilionville and Acadian Village for their historical value. Get outdoors at Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours and Lake Martin. Explore Lafayette's surroundings by going to Palmetto Island State Park (in Abbeville), Avery Island (Avery island & Jungle Gardens) and New Iberia (Shadows-on-the-Teche & Rip Van Winkle Gardens). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site, pause for some photo ops at Urns of Justice, view the masterpieces at Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery, and test your team's savvy at Escape Room Lafayette.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lafayette online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Lake Charles to Lafayette in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Baton Rouge

— 4 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Take a break from the city and head to Mike the Tiger's Habitat and University Lake. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nottoway Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baton Rouge: Madewood Plantation (in Napoleonville), Vacherie (Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & St. Joseph Plantation) and Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Baton Rouge Food Tours, LLC, contemplate the long history of Audubon State Historic Site, learn about all things military at USS Kidd, and stroll around Arsenal Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Baton Rouge trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Lafayette to Baton Rouge takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Baton Rouge are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 15 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.
Get some historical perspective at French Quarter and St. Louis Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Honey Island Kayak Tours and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Fairview-Riverside State Park (in Madisonville), Slidell (Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, Tammany Trace, &more) and Covington (Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum & Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, make a trip to Jackson Square, stroll around New Orleans City Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans planning app.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Baton Rouge in December, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monroe.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Monroe

— 4 nights
Monroe is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Biedenharn Museum & Gardens and Poverty Point World Heritage Site. Take a break from the city and head to Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Claiborne State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monroe: Jimmie Davis State Park (in Chatham), Chemin-A-Haut State Park (in Bastrop) and Southern Heritage Air Foundation (in Tallulah). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, stroll around Lincoln Parish Park, and stop by Duck Commander.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monroe day trip app.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Monroe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Monroe when traveling from New Orleans in December, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Shreveport.

Things to do in Monroe

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shreveport

— 3 nights
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Get in touch with nature at Driskill Mountain and Lake Bistineau State Park. Visit Mansfield State Historic Site and First United Methodist Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shreveport: Chimp Haven (in Keithville) and Bonnie & Clyde Death Spot (in Gibsland). The adventure continues: stroll through Red River National Wildlife Refuge, sample the tasty concoctions at Great Raft Brewing, admire the masterpieces at Meadows Museum of Art, and look for gifts at Libbey Glass Outlet.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Shreveport online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Monroe to Shreveport in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Shreveport

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Natchitoches

— 2 nights
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. On the 25th (Fri), go for a walk through Cane River National Heritage Trail, hike along Kisatchie National Forest, then get outside with Living The Dream Guide Service, and finally admire the majestic nature at North Toledo Bend State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cane River Creole National Historical Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Natchitoches trip planner.

You can drive from Shreveport to Natchitoches in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Natchitoches are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.