8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Baton Rouge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
New Iberia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Natchitoches
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lake Charles
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis


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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whitney Plantation and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Next up on the itinerary: put a fun spin on your tour with Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game, see the interesting displays at New Orleans Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and enjoy some diversion at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans trip planner .

Minneapolis to New Orleans is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in January; daily highs in New Orleans reach 59°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at USS Kidd, meet the residents at Mike the Tiger Habitat, then explore and take pictures at LSU Tiger Stadium, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverfront Plaza, and finally get a sense of history and politics at State Capitol Welcome Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Baton Rouge journey builder app .

Drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New Orleans in January since evenings lows in Baton Rouge dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Iberia.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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USS Kidd ©
USS Kidd
LSU Tiger Stadium ©
LSU Tiger Stadium
State Capitol Welcome Center ©
State Capitol Welcome Center

1
night
New Iberia

New Iberia ©
New Iberia is a small city in and the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Shadows on the Teche, then admire the natural beauty at Jungle Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rip Van Winkle Gardens.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our New Iberia trip app .

Getting from Baton Rouge to New Iberia by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in New Iberia, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in New Iberia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Jungle Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Rip Van Winkle Gardens ©
Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Shadows on the Teche ©
Shadows on the Teche

1
night
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Oakland Plantation, then contemplate the long history of Melrose Plantation, then steep yourself in history at Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Natchitoches day trip planning app .

You can drive from New Iberia to Natchitoches in 3 hours. Traveling from New Iberia in January, Natchitoches is a bit cooler at night with lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oakland Plantation, Melrose Plantation
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Oakland Plantation ©
Oakland Plantation
Melrose Plantation ©
Melrose Plantation

1
night
Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): try your luck at L'Auberge du Lac Casino and then try your luck at Golden Nugget Casino.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lake Charles road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Natchitoches to Lake Charles takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Fun & Games Casinos
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Golden Nugget Casino ©
Golden Nugget Casino
L'Auberge du Lac Casino ©
L'Auberge du Lac Casino

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