36 days in Louisiana Itinerary

36 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana tour planner

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New Orleans
— 9 nights
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Houma
— 1 night
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Baton Rouge
— 6 nights
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Lafayette
— 5 nights
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Lake Charles
— 4 nights
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Natchitoches
— 4 nights
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Shreveport
— 4 nights
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West Monroe
— 2 nights
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New Orleans

— 9 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Honey Island Kayak Tours (in Pearl River) and Slidell (Olde Towne Slidell Main Street & Tammany Trace). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, stop by Garden District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and examine the collection at The National WWII Museum.

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New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in September, New Orleans is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Houma.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Houma

— 1 night
Houma is the largest city in and the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and the largest principal city of the Houma - Bayou Cane - Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take a stroll through Terrebonne Parish, get a new perspective on things with Bayou Black Airboat Swamp Tours, then make a trip to Laurel Valley Village, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Breakin' The Code.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Houma trip itinerary website.

Drive from New Orleans to Houma in 1.5 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Houma, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Houma

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Baton Rouge

— 6 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baton Rouge: Vacherie (Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Oak Alley Plantation, &more), National Hansen's Disease Museum (in Carville) and Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, brush up on your military savvy at USS Kidd, explore the engaging exhibits at Knock Knock Children's Museum, and stroll around North Boulevard Town Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Baton Rouge trip planner.

You can drive from Houma to Baton Rouge in 2 hours. In September in Baton Rouge, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 5 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Venture out of the city with trips to Avery Island (Avery island & Jungle Gardens) and Rip Van Winkle Gardens (in New Iberia). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Martin de Tours, take in the views from Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge and Monument, and test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Lafayette.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lafayette online travel planner.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lafayette can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Charles

— 4 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. Explore Lake Charles' surroundings by going to Jennings (Cajun Skydiving Center & Tupper Museum). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Bord Du Lac Park, see the interesting displays at Brimstone Museum Complex, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Louisiana, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Crying Eagle Brewing Company.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Charles trip planner.

Getting from Lafayette to Lake Charles by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Natchitoches

— 4 nights
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Explore Natchitoches' surroundings by going to Kisatchie National Forest (in Provencal), Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many) and North Toledo Bend State Park (in Zwolle). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Louisiana Political Museum, contemplate the long history of Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, hike along Cane River National Heritage Trail, and see the interesting displays at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Natchitoches trip planner.

Drive from Lake Charles to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Natchitoches can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shreveport.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Shreveport

— 4 nights
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Explore Shreveport's surroundings by going to Minden (Dorcheat Historical Museum & Germantown Colony Museum), Driskill Mountain (in Bienville) and Historic Bonnie and Clyde Gas Station (in Gibsland). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at R. W. Norton Art Gallery, try your luck at Margaritaville Resort Casino, stop by Libbey Glass Outlet, and contemplate the long history of Caddo Parish Confederate Monument.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shreveport day trip planner.

Drive from Natchitoches to Shreveport in 1.5 hours. October in Shreveport sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to West Monroe.

Things to do in Shreveport

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

West Monroe

— 2 nights
West Monroe is a city in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): walk around Lincoln Parish Park and then do a tasting at Landry Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Kiroli Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the West Monroe trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Shreveport to West Monroe takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in West Monroe

Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

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.