15 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana route planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
Drive
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Baton Rouge
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lafayette
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lake Charles
— 1 night
Drive to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

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New Orleans — 5 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: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, don't miss a visit to French Quarter, and stroll around New Orleans City Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read New Orleans trip planning tool.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to New Orleans is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect nights in New Orleans to be slightly colder, around 16°C, while days are much colder, around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Baton Rouge.
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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baton Rouge: Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow), Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle) and The Spa House Day Spa (in Gonzales). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, look for all kinds of wild species at Mike the Tiger's Habitat, walk around LSU Hilltop Arboretum, and get engrossed in the history at Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Baton Rouge trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in December, you will find days in Baton Rouge are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lafayette.
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Lafayette — 3 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. When in Lafayette, make a side trip to see Jungle Gardens in Avery Island, approximately Avery Island away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Acadian Village, make a trip to Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Landry Catholic Church, and explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Acadiana.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lafayette trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Baton Rouge to Lafayette by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Charles.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): hike along Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, then sample the tasty concoctions at Crying Eagle Brewing Company, then get engrossed in the history at Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, and finally stroll around Veteran's Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lake Charles driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Lafayette to Lake Charles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Lake Charles, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Louisiana travel guide

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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.
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