43 days in Louisiana Itinerary

43 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana trip planner

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Shreveport
— 4 nights
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Natchitoches
— 5 nights
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Lake Charles
— 4 nights
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Lafayette
— 5 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 6 nights
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Thibodaux
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 16 nights
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Shreveport

— 4 nights
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shreveport: Mansfield State Historic Site (in Mansfield) and Dorcheat Historical Museum (in Minden). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at R. W. Norton Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at First United Methodist Church, browse the different shops at Louisiana Boardwalk, and sample the tasty concoctions at Great Raft Brewing.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shreveport road trip planning site.

Charlotte to Shreveport is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte to Shreveport, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in April, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Shreveport

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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: North Toledo Bend State Park (in Zwolle), Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many) and Alexandria (River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria Zoological Park, &more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, make a trip to American Cemetery, learn about winemaking at Landry Vineyards, and contemplate the long history of Oakland Plantation.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Natchitoches day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shreveport to Natchitoches takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Charles

— 4 nights
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. Explore Lake Charles' surroundings by going to Jennings (Tupper Museum & Gator Chateau). And it doesn't end there: walk around Bord Du Lac Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, explore the world behind art at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, and examine the collection at Brimstone Museum Complex.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Charles trip planner.

Getting from Natchitoches to Lake Charles by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Lake Charles can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Golf

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 5 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Explore Lafayette's surroundings by going to Jungle Gardens (in Avery Island) and Rip Van Winkle Gardens (in New Iberia). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Martin, get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, snap pictures at Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge and Monument, and make a trip to Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lafayette vacation planner.

You can drive from Lake Charles to Lafayette in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Lafayette are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Baton Rouge

— 6 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baton Rouge: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow), Saint Francisville (Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, Afton Villa Gardens, &more) and National Hansen's Disease Museum (in Carville). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation, take an in-depth tour of West Baton Rouge Museum, ponder the world of politics at State Capitol Welcome Center, and examine the collection at Louisiana State Archives.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Baton Rouge trip planner.

Getting from Lafayette to Baton Rouge by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In May in Baton Rouge, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Thibodaux.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Thibodaux

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the galleries of Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, and then see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Torres Cajun Swamp Tours, then explore the different monuments and memorials at St. John's Historic Cemetery, and then take an in-depth tour of Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Thibodaux tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Baton Rouge to Thibodaux in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Thibodaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 16 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: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, identify plant and animal life at Happiness Bayou Tours, and examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thibodaux to New Orleans takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Thibodaux, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.