5 days in Louisiana Itinerary

5 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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5 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Baton Rouge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mike the Tiger Habitat and then explore and take pictures at LSU Tiger Stadium.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Baton Rouge trip itinerary planner .

Washington DC to Baton Rouge is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Baton Rouge, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
LSU Tiger Stadium ©
LSU Tiger Stadium
Mike the Tiger Habitat ©
Mike the Tiger Habitat

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Audubon Park and Kitchen Witch. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, and admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New Orleans road trip planner .

You can drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Baton Rouge in December, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum

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