8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
New Iberia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Vacherie
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Kayaking & Canoeing. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old New Orleans Rum Distillery and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Garden District, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, and shop like a local with Royal Street.

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Washington DC to New Orleans is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, temps between 57°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to New Iberia.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Garden District ©
Garden District

2
nights
New Iberia

New Iberia ©
New Iberia is a small city in and the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Jungle Gardens, then explore and take pictures at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Parish Brewing. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake Martin and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bayou Teche Brewing.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New Iberia road trip tool .

Getting from New Orleans to New Iberia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in December, you will find days in New Iberia are a bit warmer (67°F), and nights are slightly colder (48°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Vacherie.

Things to do in New Iberia

Parks Breweries Nature

Side Trips

Jungle Gardens, Lake Martin, Bayou Teche Brewing, Parish Brewing
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Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Lake Martin ©
Lake Martin
Bayou Teche Brewing ©
Bayou Teche Brewing

1
night
Vacherie

Vacherie ©
Vacherie is a small unincorporated community in St. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Donner-Peltier Distillers, experience rural life at St. Joseph Plantation, and then examine the collection at Whitney Plantation.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Vacherie sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from New Iberia to Vacherie takes 2 hours. December in Vacherie sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vacherie

Outdoors Breweries Museums

Side Trips

Donner-Peltier Distillers, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Plantation ©
St. Joseph Plantation
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

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