13 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana journey planner
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Fly to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Drive to Gretna
— 4 nights
Baton Rouge
— 3 nights
Lake Charles
— 3 nights
Drive to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City


Gretna — 4 nights

Gretna is the second-largest city and parish seat of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States.Gretna is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans. Gretna is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on Ultimate Swamp Adventures, witness the site of a historic battle at Rene Beauregard House, try your luck at Boomtown Casino New Orleans, and examine the collection at Los Islenos Museum Complex.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gretna road trip website.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Gretna is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Gretna due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January: high temperatures in Gretna hover around 17°C and lows are around 12°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Baton Rouge.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature
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Baton Rouge — 3 nights

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Louisiana State Archives, contemplate the long history of Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, then admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, and finally walk around LSU Hilltop Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): explore the activities along University Lake, identify plant and animal life at Mike the Tiger's Habitat, brush up on your military savvy at USS Kidd, then don't miss a visit to Louisiana Memorial Plaza, then take an in-depth tour of Louisiana's Old State Capitol, and finally stroll around North Boulevard Town Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge online trip planner.

You can drive from Gretna to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Gretna in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Baton Rouge, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lake Charles.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Lake Charles — 3 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake Charles: Jennings (Tupper Museum & Gator Chateau) and Beaumont (Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, Gator Country, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Millennium Park, get engrossed in the history at Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, and see the interesting displays at Brimstone Museum Complex.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lake Charles day trip planner.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Lake Charles are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Louisiana travel guide

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.