8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  6​h
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Lafayette
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cameron
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Garden District and Jackson Square. Get some cultural insight at Whitney Plantation and St. Louis Cathedral. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the striking features of Destrehan Plantation, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip planner .

Phoenix to New Orleans is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to New Orleans is 1 hour. While traveling from Phoenix, expect colder days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lafayette.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Whitney Plantation, Destrehan Plantation
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French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Ultimate Swamp Adventures ©
Ultimate Swamp Adventures

3
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Myrtles Plantation and Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and St. Francisville United Methodist Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Lafayette: New Iberia (Shadows on the Teche & Rip Van Winkle Gardens), Jungle Gardens (in Avery Island) and Mike the Tiger Habitat (in Baton Rouge). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, and pause for some photo ops at Urns of Justice.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lafayette journey planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Lafayette by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Lafayette: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cameron.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, New Iberia, Jungle Gardens, Lake Martin, Mike the Tiger Habitat
Highlights from your plan
The Myrtles Plantation ©
The Myrtles Plantation
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site ©
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©

1
night
Cameron

Cameron ©
Cameron is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the parish seat of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll through Mae's Beach and then stroll through Holly Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cameron trip planner.

You can drive from Lafayette to Cameron in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cameron

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Holly Beach ©
Holly Beach

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