9 days in Louisiana Itinerary

9 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana itinerary planner

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Cameron
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Lake Charles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ville Platte
— 1 night
Drive
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Lafayette
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Cameron

Cameron is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the parish seat of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Peveto Woods Birds & Butterfly Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mae's Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cameron road trip tool.

Baton Rouge to Cameron is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In July in Cameron, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Cameron

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Lake Charles

— 2 nights
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): try your luck at L'Auberge Casino Resort, then try to win big at Golden Nugget Casino, then stroll around Veteran's Memorial Park, and finally stroll around Millennium Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Imperial Calcasieu Museum, then see the interesting displays at USS Orleck Naval Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Lake Charles planner.

Traveling by car from Cameron to Lake Charles takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lake Charles are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ville Platte.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Parks

Ville Platte

— 1 night
Ville Platte is a small city and the parish seat of Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Louisiana State Arboretum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, and then identify plant and animal life at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ville Platte trip planner.

Getting from Lake Charles to Ville Platte by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Ville Platte

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Lafayette

— 1 night
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Alexandre Mouton House, view the masterpieces at Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery, then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Acadiana, and finally appreciate the history behind Urns of Justice.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lafayette day trip planner.

Drive from Ville Platte to Lafayette in an hour. July in Lafayette sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lafayette

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The National WWII Museum and Jamie Hayes Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Whitney Plantation and Evergreen Plantation. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lake Lawn Metairie, get outside with Ultimate Swamp Adventures, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans trip site.

You can drive from Lafayette to New Orleans in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Lafayette, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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.