5 days in Louisiana Itinerary

5 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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5 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Lafayette
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Austin

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Garden District and Destrehan Plantation. Get a sense of the local culture at Whitney Plantation and French Quarter. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New Orleans visit planner.

Austin to New Orleans is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in May, expect nights in New Orleans to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, Destrehan Plantation
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District

2
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Shadows on the Teche, identify plant and animal life at Jungle Gardens, and then admire all the interesting features of Rip Van Winkle Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, then deepen your understanding at Acadian Cultural Center, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lafayette trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Lafayette in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from New Orleans in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Lafayette, with highs around 90°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

New Iberia, Jungle Gardens, Lake Martin
Highlights from your plan
Shadows on the Teche ©
Shadows on the Teche
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©

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