8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Thibodaux
— 1 night
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Lafayette
— 1 night
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Lake Charles
— 1 night
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Baton Rouge
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 1 night

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New Orleans

New Orleans ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Immaculate Conception Church and Old Ursuline Convent Museum. Popular historic sites such as Destrehan Plantation and Bourbon Street are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on Louisiana Swamp Tours, stroll the grounds of St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, take a stroll through Royal Street, and see the interesting displays at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our New Orleans trip itinerary site.

San Francisco to New Orleans is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco to New Orleans, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from San Francisco in December, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Thibodaux.

Things to do in New Orleans

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
Old Ursuline Convent Museum ©
Old Ursuline Convent Museum
Lafayette Cemetery No.1 ©
Lafayette Cemetery No.1

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Thibodaux

Thibodaux ©
Thibodaux is a city in and the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in the northwestern part of the parish. On the 6th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, steep yourself in history at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and then get engrossed in the history at Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Thibodaux day trip website.

Drive from New Orleans to Thibodaux in 1.5 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in December, you will find days in Thibodaux are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are slightly colder (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lafayette.

Things to do in Thibodaux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site ©
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center ©
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

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Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. On the 7th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, then add some adventure to your tour with Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Acadian Village, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lafayette attractions app.

You can drive from Thibodaux to Lafayette in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Lafayette sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours ©
Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours
Acadian Village ©
Acadian Village
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

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Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): try your luck at Golden Nugget Casino, walk around Veteran's Memorial Park, then take an in-depth tour of Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Charpentier Historic District.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Charles planning site.

You can drive from Lafayette to Lake Charles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Lake Charles sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Casinos · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Charpentier Historic District ©
Charpentier Historic District
Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu ©
Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu
Veteran's Memorial Park ©
Veteran's Memorial Park

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Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Baton Rouge travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Charles to Baton Rouge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Baton Rouge, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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New Orleans

New Orleans ©

The Big Easy

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to French Quarter. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Garden District and then add some adventure to your tour with Kayak-iti-Yat Original Kayaking Tours of New Orleans.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans day trip planner.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Baton Rouge, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Highlights from your plan
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

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