22 days in Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Louisiana trip planner
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Fly to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Drive to Lake Charles
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Lake Charles
— 3 nights
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Natchitoches
— 2 nights
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Lafayette
— 3 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 4 nights
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New Orleans
— 8 nights
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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. Lake Charles is known for casinos, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Millennium Park, hike along Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, play a few rounds at Gray Plantation, and relax and rejuvenate at Golden Nugget Spa & Salon.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Charles trip app.

Limoges, France to Lake Charles is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Limoges in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Lake Charles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Natchitoches.
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Natchitoches — 2 nights

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, then don't miss a visit to American Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jean Baptiste. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at North Toledo Bend State Park, then get outside with Living The Dream Guide Service, and then go for a walk through Cane River National Heritage Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Natchitoches travel planner.

You can drive from Lake Charles to Natchitoches in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Natchitoches can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) 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. Change things up with a short trip to Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum in Jeanerette (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, take an in-depth tour of Acadian Memorial, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and appreciate the history behind Urns of Justice.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lafayette online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Natchitoches to Lafayette takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Baton Rouge.
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Baton Rouge — 4 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), Madewood Plantation (in Napoleonville) and Oak Alley Plantation (in Vacherie). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nottoway Plantation, stroll around North Boulevard Town Square, take an in-depth tour of Louisiana's Old State Capitol, and learn about all things military at USS Kidd.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Baton Rouge online route planner.

You can drive from Lafayette to Baton Rouge in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 8 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: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, stroll around New Orleans City Park, see the interesting displays at Cabildo, and get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Baton Rouge in May, you will find days in New Orleans are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough 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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