8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Baton Rouge
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Joseph Plantation and Louisiana's Old State Capitol. Escape the urban bustle at Jungle Gardens and Mike the Tiger Habitat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baton Rouge: Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle), Saint Francisville (Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site & The Myrtles Plantation) and Vermilionville (in Lafayette). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at USS Kidd and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Baton Rouge route planner .

Chicago to Baton Rouge is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in Baton Rouge reach 61°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, St. Joseph Plantation, Vermilionville, Nottoway Plantation, Jungle Gardens
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Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site ©
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Whitney Plantation and Escape My Room New Orleans. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Garden District and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, take a stroll through Royal Street, and stop by Faulkner House Books.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans planning site .

Traveling by bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Baton Rouge in January since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
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Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

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