8 days in Louisiana & Natchez Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana & Natchez Itinerary

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8 days in Louisiana & Natchez Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— Few hours
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Baton Rouge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Natchez
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Lafayette
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Houma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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hours
New Orleans

New Orleans
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, museums, nightlife, parks, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Garden District, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, and learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans travel itinerary planner.

Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in January: high temperatures in New Orleans hover around 59°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

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night
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Mike the Tiger Habitat, and then ponder the world of politics at State Capitol Welcome Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Baton Rouge travel route planner .

Take a bus from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from New Orleans in January, expect little chillier with lows of 40°F in Baton Rouge. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Natchez.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mike the Tiger Habitat ©
Mike the Tiger Habitat
Riverfront Plaza ©
Riverfront Plaza
State Capitol Welcome Center ©
State Capitol Welcome Center

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night
Natchez

Natchez ©
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Longwood, then make a trip to Forks of the Roads Monument, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Natchez road trip website .

Getting from Baton Rouge to Natchez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In January in Natchez, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Longwood ©
Longwood
St. Mary Basilica ©
St. Mary Basilica
Forks of the Roads Monument ©
Forks of the Roads Monument

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night
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, and finally appreciate the history behind Urns of Justice.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lafayette day trip planner .

Drive from Natchez to Lafayette in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in January, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Houma.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Martin
Highlights from your plan
Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©

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night
Houma

Houma ©
Houma is the largest city in and the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and the largest principal city of the Houma - Bayou Cane - Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. On the 13th (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Regional Military Museum, then steep yourself in history at St. Joseph Plantation, and then admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ardoyne Plantation and then steep yourself in history at Southdown Plantation & Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Houma trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Lafayette to Houma in 2 hours. In January in Houma, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houma

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vacherie, Ardoyne Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Southdown Plantation & Museum ©
Southdown Plantation & Museum
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
Regional Military Museum ©
Regional Military Museum

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nights
New Orleans

New Orleans
See even more of New Orleans: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, and learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New Orleans day trip planning app .

You can drive from Houma to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Houma in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

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