9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner
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Houston
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Charles
— 1 night
Drive
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Lafayette
— 1 night
Drive
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Baton Rouge
— 1 night
Drive
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly
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Houston
— 1 night

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Houston — 1 night

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): examine the collection at National Museum of Funeral History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakewood Church, then engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, and finally let little ones run wild at Discovery Green.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Houston travel tool.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, William P Hobby Airport and Scholes International At Galveston Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Charles.
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Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Lake Charles — 1 night

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. On the 27th (Tue), try to win big at L'Auberge Casino Resort, then try your luck at Golden Nugget Casino, then see the interesting displays at Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, and finally try to win big at Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lake Charles online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Houston to Lake Charles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lafayette.
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Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums

Lafayette — 1 night

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, contemplate the long history of Acadian Village, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lafayette trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Charles to Lafayette takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Lafayette are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Baton Rouge.
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Historic Sites

Baton Rouge — 1 night

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. On the 29th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at State Capitol Welcome Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at USS Kidd, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mike the Tiger's Habitat.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge trip maker.

You can drive from Lafayette to Baton Rouge in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Baton Rouge can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.
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Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

New Orleans — 3 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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, make a trip to French Quarter, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your New Orleans trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Baton Rouge in December: highs in New Orleans hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Houston.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Houston — 1 night

Bayou City

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakewood Church, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo, then walk around Smither Park, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, then get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall, and finally admire the striking features of 1880 Garten Verein.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston travel planning app.

You can fly from New Orleans to Houston in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Houston, with lows around 9°C.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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