36 days in Louisiana Itinerary

36 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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36 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
New Orleans
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
New Iberia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Natchitoches
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Shreveport
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Baton Rouge
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Folsom
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Brasilia

11
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Old River Road Plantation Adventure. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Louis Cathedral and Lake Lawn Metairie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Camp Salmen Nature Park (in Slidell), Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and San Francisco Plantation (in Garyville). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, and make a trip to Jackson Square.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans tour itinerary planner.

Brasilia, Brazil to New Orleans is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Brasilia to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Brasilia, expect much colder days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Iberia.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Camp Salmen Nature Park, San Francisco Plantation, Destrehan Plantation, Whitney Plantation
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Immaculate Conception Church ©
Immaculate Conception Church
Kayaking & Canoeing
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

4
nights
New Iberia

New Iberia ©
New Iberia is a small city in and the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. Visiting Jungle Gardens and Lake Martin will get you outdoors. Rip Van Winkle Gardens and Shadows on the Teche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from New Iberia: Gator Chateau (in Jennings) and Lafayette (Lake Martin Rookery, Vermilionville, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bird City, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Martin de Tours, and take an in-depth tour of Acadian Memorial.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read New Iberia trip builder site .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to New Iberia takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from New Orleans in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in New Iberia, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in New Iberia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Lafayette, Saint Martinville, Avery Island, Lake Martin, Gator Chateau
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©
Rip Van Winkle Gardens ©
Rip Van Winkle Gardens

5
nights
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Get some cultural insight at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store and Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Frogmore Plantation and Fort St. Jean Baptiste. Change things up with these side-trips from Natchitoches: Natchitoches Pecans (in Cloutierville), Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many) and Alexandria (Louisiana History Museum & Alexandria Zoological Park). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic District Shopping, delve into the lush surroundings at Kisatchie National Forest, admire all the interesting features of Cane River National Heritage Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Natchitoches trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from New Iberia to Natchitoches takes 3 hours. Traveling from New Iberia in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Natchitoches. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Shreveport.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Alexandria, Living The Dream Guide Service, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches Pecans
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Plantation ©
Melrose Plantation

6
nights
Shreveport

Shreveport ©
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Visit Biedenharn Museum & Gardens and First United Methodist Church for their historical value. Get outdoors at Chimp Haven and Red River National Wildlife Refuge. Change things up with these side-trips from Shreveport: Lake Claiborne State Park (in Homer) and Mansfield State Historic Site (in Mansfield). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at R. W. Norton Art Gallery, engage your brain at Sci-Port Discovery Center, examine the collection at Shreveport Water Works Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shreveport road trip planning site .

You can drive from Natchitoches to Shreveport in 1.5 hours. In April in Shreveport, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Shreveport

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bossier City, Chimp Haven, Mansfield State Historic Site, Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, Gators and Friends - Alligator Park & Exotic Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens ©
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
Mansfield State Historic Site ©
Mansfield State Historic Site
Lake Claiborne State Park ©
Lake Claiborne State Park

7
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Visiting Mike the Tiger Habitat and The 13th Gate will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and St. Joseph Plantation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baton Rouge: Tickfaw State Park (in Springfield), Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle) and Vacherie (Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & Oak Alley Plantation). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Myrtles Plantation, take an in-depth tour of LSP Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, and examine the collection at Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Baton Rouge trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Shreveport to Baton Rouge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. April in Baton Rouge sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Folsom.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, Vacherie, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Madewood Plantation, Plaquemine Lock
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Folsom

Folsom ©
Folsom is a village in St. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Sunflower Farm and Ranch, identify plant and animal life at Global Wildlife Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Bogue Chitto State Park.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Folsom itinerary app .

Drive from Baton Rouge to Folsom in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Folsom

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bogue Chitto State Park
Highlights from your plan
Global Wildlife Center ©
Global Wildlife Center
Bogue Chitto State Park ©
Bogue Chitto State Park
Sunflower Farm and Ranch ©
Sunflower Farm and Ranch

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