7 days in Louisiana Itinerary

7 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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Donaldsonville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Francisville
— 1 night
Drive
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Lafayette
— 1 night
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jamie Hayes Gallery and Destrehan Plantation. Popular historic sites such as Lake Lawn Metairie and Lafayette Cemetery No.1 are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: examine the collection at New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, admire the masterpieces at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum, and get engrossed in the history at The Presbytere.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans trip itinerary planning site.

New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to New Orleans. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Donaldsonville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Donaldsonville

— 2 nights
Donaldsonville is a small city in and the parish seat of Ascension Parish in south Louisiana, United States, located along the River Road of the west bank of the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, browse the exhibits of Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and then see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of St. Joseph Plantation, don't miss a visit to Evergreen Plantation, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.

Before you visit Donaldsonville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from New Orleans to Donaldsonville in 1.5 hours. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Donaldsonville, with highs around 90°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Saint Francisville.

Things to do in Donaldsonville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Saint Francisville

— 1 night
St. On the 7th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Market Hall, then steep yourself in history at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at The Myrtles Plantation.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Saint Francisville journey planner.

Traveling by car from Donaldsonville to Saint Francisville takes 1.5 hours. August in Saint Francisville sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Saint Francisville

Historic Sites

Lafayette

— 1 night
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. On the 8th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lafayette trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Francisville to Lafayette takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lafayette are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites

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.