41 days in Louisiana Itinerary

41 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana planner

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Drive to Ontario International Airport, Fly to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Drive to Lake Charles
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Lake Charles
— 3 nights
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Lafayette
— 5 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 7 nights
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Thibodaux
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
— 9 nights
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Natchitoches
— 5 nights
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Shreveport
— 6 nights
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Drive to Monroe Regional Airport, Fly to Ontario International Airport, Drive to San Bernardino

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Lake Charles

— 3 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake Charles: Jennings (Tupper Museum & Gator Chateau) and Mae's Beach (in Cameron). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, stroll around Prien Lake Park, tee off at Gray Plantation, and sample the fine beverages at Bayou Rum Distillery.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lake Charles trip itinerary maker.

San Bernardino to Lake Charles is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Bernardino to Lake Charles is 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Lake Charles can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 5 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Change things up with these side-trips from Lafayette: Jungle Gardens (in Avery Island), New Iberia (Shadows on the Teche & Rip Van Winkle Gardens) and City of Crowley (in Crowley). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, get to know the fascinating history of Acadian Village, and see the interesting displays at Eunice Depot Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lafayette road trip planning app.

Drive from Lake Charles to Lafayette in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Lafayette are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Baton Rouge

— 7 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baton Rouge: National Hansen's Disease Museum (in Carville), Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow) and Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of West Baton Rouge Museum, see the interesting displays at Camp Moore Confedrate Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Knock Knock Children's Museum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge trip planner.

Getting from Lafayette to Baton Rouge by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. March in Baton Rouge sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thibodaux.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Thibodaux

— 3 nights
Thibodaux is a city in and the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in the northwestern part of the parish. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thibodaux: Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery (in Pierre Part), Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and San Francisco Plantation (in Garyville). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Oak Alley Plantation, deepen your understanding at Nicholls State University, get lost in a book at Martha Sowell Utley Memorial Library, and contemplate the long history of Madewood Plantation.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Thibodaux trip planner.

Drive from Baton Rouge to Thibodaux in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Thibodaux are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Thibodaux

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, meet the residents at Audubon Zoo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New Orleans road trip planning website.

Getting from Thibodaux to New Orleans by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Thibodaux in March, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 61°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Natchitoches

— 5 nights
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Natchitoches: River Oaks Square Arts Center (in Alexandria), Louisiana Political Museum (in Winnfield) and Chennault Aviation and Military Museum (in Monroe). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Living The Dream Guide Service, pause for some serene contemplation at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, make a trip to American Cemetery, and do a tasting at Landry Vineyards.

For photos and tourist information, go to the Natchitoches road trip planning tool.

You can drive from New Orleans to Natchitoches in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from New Orleans in March, expect nights in Natchitoches to be slightly colder, around 47°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shreveport.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Shreveport

— 6 nights
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Get out of town with these interesting Shreveport side-trips: Driskill Mountain (in Bienville), Historic Bonnie and Clyde Gas Station (in Gibsland) and Minden (Dorcheat Historical Museum & Germantown Colony Museum). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at R. W. Norton Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, admire the landmark architecture of The Logan Mansion, and take an in-depth tour of Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shreveport online route planner.

You can drive from Natchitoches to Shreveport in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in April, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shreveport

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

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.