8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Lafayette
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Columbus

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Whitney Plantation and New Orleans Musical Legends Park. And it doesn't end there: put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and get in on the excitement at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Columbus to New Orleans is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Columbus in October, New Orleans is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Destrehan Plantation, Whitney Plantation
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Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at USS Kidd, look for all kinds of wild species at Mike the Tiger Habitat, then see the interesting displays at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, then contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation, and finally walk around LSU Hilltop Arboretum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, steep yourself in history at The Myrtles Plantation, and then get a sense of history and politics at State Capitol Welcome Center.

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Traveling by bus from New Orleans to Baton Rouge takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Baton Rouge, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lafayette.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, Nottoway Plantation
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The Myrtles Plantation ©
The Myrtles Plantation
Louisiana's Old State Capitol ©
Louisiana's Old State Capitol
USS Kidd ©
USS Kidd

2
nights
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Acadian Village, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jungle Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Rip Van Winkle Gardens. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Acadian Memorial, then get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.

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You can take a bus from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Lafayette can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jungle Gardens, Acadian Memorial
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Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©

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