60 days in Louisiana & Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Louisiana & Minnesota Itinerary

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Lafayette
— 5 nights
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Natchitoches
— 5 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 7 nights
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New Orleans
— 9 nights
Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Winona
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Winona
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 6 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
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Ely
— 5 nights
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Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
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Lafayette — 5 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Explore Lafayette's surroundings by going to Lake Charles (1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center & Millennium Park), Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum (in Jeanerette) and Rip Van Winkle Gardens (in New Iberia). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, admire the majestic nature at Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lafayette trip itinerary builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Lafayette is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lafayette is minus 16 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Lafayette at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Natchitoches.
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Natchitoches — 5 nights

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Explore Natchitoches' surroundings by going to Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many), Mansfield State Historic Site (in Mansfield) and North Toledo Bend State Park (in Zwolle). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Cane River National Heritage Trail, steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, and stop by Natchitoches Pecans.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Natchitoches trip planning site.

Drive from Lafayette to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Lafayette in May, Natchitoches is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Baton Rouge.
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Baton Rouge — 7 nights

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baton Rouge: Vacherie (Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & Oak Alley Plantation), Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle) and Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery (in Pierre Part). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Houmas House and Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Capitol Park Museum - Louisiana State Museum, don't miss a visit to Greenwood Plantation, and steep yourself in history at Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Baton Rouge journey planner.

Traveling by car from Natchitoches to Baton Rouge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Baton Rouge can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 9 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, and examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Baton Rouge in May: highs in New Orleans hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Winona.
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Winona — 5 nights

Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Get out of town with these interesting Winona side-trips: Houston (Root River State Trail, Houston Nature Center, &more), LARK Toys (in Kellogg) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, go for a walk through Holzinger Lodge Trails, contemplate the long history of Merchants Bank, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Winona trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from New Orleans to Winona. While traveling from New Orleans, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Winona, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Duluth.
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Duluth — 6 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Baptism River (in Silver Bay), Caribou River (in Beaver Bay) and Two Harbors (The Lake County Historical Society Museum, Castle Danger Brewery, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, identify plant and animal life at Park Point Nature Trail, examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hawk Ridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Duluth road trip planning website.

You can drive from Winona to Duluth in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Winona in June, things will get a bit cooler in Duluth: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.
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Grand Marais — 5 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, &more), Points Unknown (in Hovland) and Schroeder (Temperance River State Park & Father Baraga's Cross). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, and contemplate the waterfront views at Temperance River.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais road trip planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Duluth in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Grand Marais. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Ely.
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Ely — 5 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama), Scenic State Park (in Bigfork) and Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors). There's much more to do: get curious at North American Bear Center, explore the activities along Birch Lake, get engrossed in the history at Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum, and make a trip to Listening Point.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ely driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Ely takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Marais in June, expect nights in Ely to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lake Itasca.
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Lake Itasca — 3 nights

Explore Lake Itasca's surroundings by going to Forestedge Winery (in LaPorte) and Rabideau CCC camp (in Blackduck).

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Itasca visit website.

Drive from Ely to Lake Itasca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ely in June, Lake Itasca is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 8 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Munsinger Gardens (in Saint Cloud), Bad Habit Brewing Company (in Saint Joseph) and Baker Park Reserve (in Maple Plain). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, appreciate the history behind Minnesota Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, and surround yourself with nature on Stone Arch Bridge.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis driving holiday planner.

Drive from Lake Itasca to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lake Itasca in July since evenings lows in Minneapolis dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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Minnesota travel guide

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The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.
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