41 days in Louisiana Itinerary

41 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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41 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
1
New Orleans
— 10 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Baton Rouge
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Lafayette
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Lake Charles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Natchitoches
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Bossier City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
West Monroe
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

10
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whitney Plantation and Escape My Room New Orleans. Go for a jaunt from New Orleans to Edgard to see Evergreen Plantation about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, make a trip to Jackson Square, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans journey planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to New Orleans. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Evergreen Plantation, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Destrehan Plantation, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum

7
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at LSU Tiger Stadium and Louisiana's Old State Capitol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baton Rouge: Saint Francisville (Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, West Feliciana Historical Society Museum, & more), Vacherie (St. Joseph Plantation & Oak Alley Plantation) and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at USS Kidd, ponder the world of politics at State Capitol Welcome Center, get engrossed in the history at Capitol Park Museum, and contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Baton Rouge itinerary site .

You can take a bus from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from New Orleans in May, expect nights in Baton Rouge to be slightly colder, around 63°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, Vacherie, Madewood Plantation, Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Louisiana's Old State Capitol ©
Louisiana's Old State Capitol
LSU Tiger Stadium ©
LSU Tiger Stadium
USS Kidd ©
USS Kidd

5
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Martin and Jungle Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lafayette: New Iberia (Rip Van Winkle Gardens & Shadows on the Teche). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin Rookery, head outdoors with Lamson Park, stroll the grounds of Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, and walk around Acadiana Park Nature Station.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lafayette visit planner.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

New Iberia, Saint Martinville, Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas, Jungle Gardens, Lake Martin
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Rip Van Winkle Gardens ©
Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Lake Martin Rookery ©
Lake Martin Rookery

5
nights
Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is a brackish lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana, United States, situated almost entirely within the Lake Charles city limits. Step off the beaten path and head to Golden Nugget Casino and Millennium Park. Change things up with a short trip to Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: try your luck at L'Auberge Casino Resort, walk around Prien Lake Park, identify plant and animal life at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, and play a few rounds at Gray Plantation.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Charles travel route planner .

You can take a bus from Lafayette to Lake Charles in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Louisiana, Sulphur, Bayou Rum Distillery, Coushatta Casino Resort
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Coushatta Casino Resort ©
Coushatta Casino Resort

5
nights
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store and Cane River National Heritage Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Alexandria Zoological Park (in Alexandria), Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many) and North Toledo Bend State Park (in Zwolle). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jean Baptiste, make a trip to American Cemetery, admire all the interesting features of Cane River Creole National Historical Park, and see the interesting displays at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Natchitoches day trip planner.

Getting from Lake Charles to Natchitoches by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bossier City.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Alexandria Zoological Park, Oakland Plantation, North Toledo Bend State Park, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Melrose Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Historic District Shopping ©
Historic District Shopping
Fort St. Jean Baptiste ©
Fort St. Jean Baptiste

4
nights
Bossier City

Bossier City ©
Bossier City is a suburb of Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, located in Bossier Parish.As of the 2010 census, Bossier City had a population of 61,315. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to R. W. Norton Art Gallery and Barksdale Global Power Museum. There's still lots to do: get curious at Sci-Port Discovery Center, admire the landmark architecture of The Logan Mansion, try your luck at Harrah's Louisiana Downs, and buy something for everyone on your list at Louisiana Boardwalk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bossier City travel route site .

Traveling by car from Natchitoches to Bossier City takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Bossier City are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to West Monroe.

Things to do in Bossier City

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Shreveport
Highlights from your plan
R. W. Norton Art Gallery ©
R. W. Norton Art Gallery
Sci-Port Discovery Center ©
Sci-Port Discovery Center
Louisiana Boardwalk ©
Louisiana Boardwalk

4
nights
West Monroe

West Monroe ©
West Monroe is a city in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Frogmore Plantation and Biedenharn Museum & Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting West Monroe side-trips: Lincoln Parish Park (in Ruston) and Delta Music Museum (in Ferriday). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. There's lots more to do: walk around Kiroli Park, shop like a local with Duck Commander Gift Shop, and do a tasting at Landry Vineyards.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for West Monroe using our trip planner.

You can drive from Bossier City to West Monroe in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in June, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in West Monroe

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Ferriday, Monroe, Lincoln Parish Park
Highlights from your plan
Frogmore Plantation ©
Frogmore Plantation
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens ©
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens

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