8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

8 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana route planner

Make it your trip
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Lafayette
— 1 night
Drive
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Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
Drive
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Lafayette

— 1 night
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Acadian Village, contemplate the long history of Shadows-on-the-Teche, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jungle Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Martin de Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Martin, get a dose of the wild on Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, then get outside with Lamson Park, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Lafayette.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Lafayette online driving holiday planner.

Houston to Lafayette is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in December, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Baton Rouge

— 2 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. On the 28th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Nottoway Plantation, contemplate the long history of Madewood Plantation, then contemplate the long history of The Cajun Village, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Houmas House and Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): get outside with The 13th Gate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mike the Tiger's Habitat, then walk around Riverfront Plaza, then stroll through Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, and finally admire the striking features of Oak Alley Plantation.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Baton Rouge trip planning app.

Drive from Lafayette to Baton Rouge in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Baton Rouge are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayak-iti-Yat Original Kayaking Tours of New Orleans and Marsh and Bayou Outfitters. Popular historic sites such as French Quarter and St. Louis Cathedral are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chalmette National Historical Park, walk around New Orleans City Park, see the interesting displays at Cabildo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church.

Before you visit New Orleans, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Baton Rouge in December, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.