36 days in Louisiana Itinerary

36 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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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

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.
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: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, take a stroll through Garden District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and make a trip to French Quarter.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for New Orleans using our trip planner.

New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 6.5-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

Side Trips

Slidell, Honey Island Kayak Tours
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

1
night
Houma

Houma ©
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

Side Trips

Laurel Valley Village, Bayou Black Airboat Swamp Tours
Highlights from your plan
Terrebonne Parish ©
Terrebonne Parish
Breakin' The Code ©
Breakin' The Code
Laurel Valley Village ©
Laurel Valley Village

6
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baton Rouge: National Hansen's Disease Museum (in Carville), Vacherie (Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Oak Alley Plantation, &more) and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at USS Kidd, contemplate the long history of Louisiana's Old State Capitol, ponder the world of politics at State Capitol Welcome Center, and take an in-depth tour of LSU Rural Life Museum.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Baton Rouge trip itinerary builder app.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Vacherie, Madewood Plantation, RISE Escape Rooms, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site ©
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

5
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
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, take an in-depth tour of Acadian Cultural Center, 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

Side Trips

Breaux Bridge, Avery Island, Church of St Martin de Tours, Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas, Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours ©
Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours
Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Escape Room Lafayette ©
Escape Room Lafayette

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Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. 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

Side Trips

Sulphur, Jennings, Bayou Rum Distillery, Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Prien Lake Park ©
Prien Lake Park
Cajun Skydiving Center ©
Cajun Skydiving Center
Veteran's Memorial Park ©
Veteran's Memorial Park

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Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Explore Natchitoches' surroundings by going to Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many), North Toledo Bend State Park (in Zwolle) and Kisatchie National Forest (in Provencal). 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

Side Trips

Living The Dream Guide Service, North Toledo Bend State Park, Kisatchie National Forest, Natchitoches Pecans, Louisiana Political Museum
Highlights from your plan
Louisiana Political Museum ©
Louisiana Political Museum
Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store ©

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Shreveport

Shreveport ©
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 Historic Bonnie and Clyde Gas Station (in Gibsland), Minden (Dorcheat Historical Museum & Germantown Colony Museum) and Driskill Mountain (in Bienville). 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 · Nature

Side Trips

Minden, Historic Bonnie and Clyde Gas Station, Margaritaville Resort Casino, Driskill Mountain
Highlights from your plan
R. W. Norton Art Gallery ©
R. W. Norton Art Gallery
Shreveport Water Works Museum ©
Shreveport Water Works Museum
Margaritaville Resort Casino ©
Margaritaville Resort Casino

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West Monroe

West Monroe ©
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 2 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

Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Lincoln Parish Park
Highlights from your plan
Landry Vineyards ©
Landry Vineyards
Lincoln Parish Park ©
Lincoln Parish Park
Kiroli Park ©
Kiroli Park

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