5 days in Louisiana Itinerary

5 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana trip planner

Make it your trip
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
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New Orleans

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online day trip planner.

Chicago to New Orleans is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect nights in New Orleans to be much hotter, around 57°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums

Baton Rouge

— 2 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. On the 29th (Sun), get a sense of history and politics at State Capitol Welcome Center, steep yourself in history at Nottoway Plantation, and then steep yourself in history at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Baton Rouge trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Baton Rouge takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Baton Rouge, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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.