40 days in Louisiana, New York City & Alabama Itinerary

40 days in Louisiana, New York City & Alabama Itinerary

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40 days in Louisiana, New York City & Alabama Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lafayette
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
New Orleans
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
4
New York City
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Birmingham
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Guntersville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Auburn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Montgomery
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Orange Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Mobile
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Louisiana State University. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, and then steep yourself in history at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Baton Rouge is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central Standard Time is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect Baton Rouge to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vacherie, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Nottoway Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
Nottoway Plantation ©
Nottoway Plantation
LSU Tiger Stadium ©
LSU Tiger Stadium

2
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Alexandre Mouton House, get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, and then explore the activities along Lake Martin. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site and then immerse yourself in nature at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lafayette trip tool .

You can drive from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lafayette are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Martinville, Lake Martin
Highlights from your plan
Lake Martin ©
Lake Martin
Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville

8
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.
Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Audubon Zoo, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art.

Make your New Orleans itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Lafayette to New Orleans in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lafayette in June, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 33°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

9
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New York City trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in New York City when traveling from New Orleans in June, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Step out of Birmingham with an excursion to Lewis-Smith Lake & Dam in Jasper--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St. Paul, and explore and take pictures at Regions Field.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Birmingham road trip tool .

Getting from New York City to Birmingham by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Birmingham, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Birmingham: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Guntersville.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lewis Smith Lake Dam, Alabama Wildlife Center, Bass Pro Shop, Aldridge Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Alabama Wildlife Center ©
Alabama Wildlife Center
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

2
nights
Guntersville

Guntersville ©
Guntersville is a city in Marshall County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Guntersville and then immerse yourself in nature at Lake Guntersville State Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Little River Canyon Center, then examine the collection at Alabama Fan Club and Museum, and then Head underground at Cathedral Caverns State Park.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Guntersville tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Birmingham to Guntersville takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Auburn.

Things to do in Guntersville

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fort Payne, Cathedral Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Guntersville ©
Lake Guntersville
Lake Guntersville State Park ©
Lake Guntersville State Park
Little River Canyon Center ©
Little River Canyon Center

2
nights
Auburn

Auburn ©
Auburn is a city in Lee County, Alabama, United States. On the 29th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, admire all the interesting features of Jordan-Hare Stadium, and then trek along Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Southeastern Raptor Center, stop by Tiger Town, and then explore the activities along Lake Harding.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Auburn visit planner .

You can drive from Guntersville to Auburn in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Montgomery.

Things to do in Auburn

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lake Harding, Tiger Town, Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail
Highlights from your plan
Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail ©
Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail
Jordan-Hare Stadium ©
Jordan-Hare Stadium
Lake Harding ©
Lake Harding

2
nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, then get your bearings at Alabama Department of Archives and History, then contemplate the long history of Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, and finally enjoy some diversion at Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Old Alabama Town, then stroll through Riverfront Park, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hank Williams Memorial - Oakwood Annex Cemetery, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Alabama State Capitol.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Montgomery planning app .

Traveling by car from Auburn to Montgomery takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex ©
Old Alabama Town ©
Old Alabama Town

2
nights
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then relax in the rural setting at Sweet Home Farm, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Track Family Recreation Centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, and then don't miss a visit to Wharf Ferris Wheel.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Orange Beach online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Montgomery to Orange Beach by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mobile.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Sweet Home Farm
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier ©
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier
Sweet Home Farm ©
Sweet Home Farm

4
nights
Mobile

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Mobile: Bellingrath Gardens and Home (in Theodore), Fairhope Avenue (in Fairhope) and Wales West R.V. Resort Light Railroad (in Silverhill). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Battleship USS ALABAMA, admire the natural beauty at Mobile Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Tolstoy Park, and admire the striking features of Historic Oakleigh House.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Mobile online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Orange Beach to Mobile takes 1.5 hours. In July in Mobile, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mobile

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Fairhope, Malbis Memorial Church, Wales West R.V. Resort Light Railroad, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Bass Pro Shops
Highlights from your plan
Battleship USS ALABAMA ©
Battleship USS ALABAMA
Malbis Memorial Church ©
Malbis Memorial Church

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