7 days in Louisiana Itinerary

7 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana visit planner
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Baton Rouge
— 1 night
New Orleans
— 5 nights


Baton Rouge — 1 night

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bayou Teche Brewing. On your second day here, examine the collection at Louisiana State Archives, contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation, then take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House and Gardens, and finally admire the striking features of Oak Alley Plantation.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge day trip planning site.

Richmond to Baton Rouge is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Richmond to Baton Rouge, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Richmond in December, with highs in Baton Rouge at 66°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.
Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature
Side Trips

New Orleans — 5 nights

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: wander the streets of Garden District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, and examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planner.

Traveling by car from Baton Rouge to New Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Baton Rouge in December, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Louisiana travel guide

Nightlife · Historic Walking Areas · 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.