16 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana trip planner
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New Orleans
— 7 nights
Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Lake Charles
— 2 nights
Drive to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City


New Orleans — 7 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, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, meet the residents at Audubon Zoo, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans online sightseeing planner.

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. Expect colder weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December: highs in New Orleans hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Baton Rouge.
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Baton Rouge — 2 nights

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): stroll through Houmas House and Gardens, then indulge in some personalized pampering at The Spa House Day Spa, then steep yourself in history at Nottoway Plantation, and finally walk around LSU Hilltop Arboretum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, admire the landmark architecture of Oak Alley Plantation, and then walk around North Boulevard Town Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Baton Rouge trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in December, expect nights in Baton Rouge to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Lafayette.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas
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Lafayette — 2 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. On the 30th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, get to know the fascinating history of Acadian Village, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Martin, get engrossed in the history at Acadian Memorial, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jungle Gardens, and finally appreciate the history behind Urns of Justice.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lafayette road trip site.

Traveling by car from Baton Rouge to Lafayette takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lake Charles.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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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 1st (Sun): stroll around Millennium Park, walk around Veteran's Memorial Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Crying Eagle Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Prien Lake Park, see the interesting displays at Brimstone Museum Complex, and then trek along Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lake Charles trip site.

Drive from Lafayette to Lake Charles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Lake Charles sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Wildlife
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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.