8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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Natchitoches
— 1 day
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Lafayette
— 2 nights
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Saint Francisville
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Natchitoches — 1 day

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping and then steep yourself in history at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Natchitoches day trip tool.

Wichita Falls to Natchitoches is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lafayette.
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Historic Sites

Lafayette — 2 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Jungle Gardens, and then head off the coast to Avery island. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lafayette trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Natchitoches to Lafayette in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint Francisville.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Saint Francisville — 1 night

St. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francisville United Methodist Church, contemplate the long history of Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at The Myrtles Plantation.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saint Francisville trip itinerary app.

Getting from Lafayette to Saint Francisville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Saint Francisville can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 4 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ultimate Swamp Adventures and Lake Lawn Metairie. Get a sense of the local culture at The National WWII Museum and St. Louis Cathedral. There's lots more to do: visit Garden District, take a stroll through Frenchmen Street, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, and sample the fine beverages at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Orleans route planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Francisville to New Orleans takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Saint Francisville in October: highs in New Orleans hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Nightlife · Historic Walking Areas · 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.
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