8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana planner

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Lafayette
— 2 nights
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Lafayette
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Lafayette

— 2 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. On the 15th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Acadian Village, take in nature's colorful creations at Jungle Gardens, and then contemplate the long history of Konriko Company Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, then gain insight at Acadian Cultural Center, and then view the masterpieces at Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lafayette trip planning site.

Houston to Lafayette is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Lafayette are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lafayette.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 1 night
You've now added Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours to your itinerary. On the 17th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Alexandre Mouton House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, and then get curious at Lafayette Science Museum. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Martin Rookery, paddle through the water with Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, then explore the world behind art at Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Urns of Justice.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lafayette travel planner.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lafayette

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Orleans

— 3 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.
Head to Royal Street and Magazine Streetfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Garden District and French Quarter. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, steep yourself in history at Our Sacred Stories, make a trip to Jackson Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip tool.

Getting from Lafayette to New Orleans by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lafayette in February, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Louisiana travel guide

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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.