7 days in Louisiana Itinerary

7 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana travel planner

Make it your trip
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Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
Drive
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lafayette
— 1 day
Drive

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Baton Rouge

— 2 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like USS Kidd and Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish and Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site. Explore Baton Rouge's surroundings by going to Saint Francisville (West Feliciana Historical Society Museum & Audubon State Historic Site). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Mike the Tiger's Habitat, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the engaging exhibits at Knock Knock Children's Museum, and take an in-depth tour of West Baton Rouge Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Baton Rouge day trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Baton Rouge. July in Baton Rouge sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 4 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.
Visit Lake Lawn Metairie and Evergreen Plantation for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Whitney Plantation and Ultimate Swamp Adventures. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Faubourg Marigny, see the interesting displays at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, relax and rejuvenate at The Sweat Social, and pause for some photo ops at Ignatius J Reilly Statue.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Baton Rouge to New Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Baton Rouge in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 1 day
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Acadiana, paddle through the water with Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Acadian Village, and finally soothe aching muscles at Red Lerille's Health & Raquet Club.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lafayette trip planner.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Lafayette takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Lafayette, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lafayette

Childrens Museums · Spas · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
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.