56 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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Fly to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Drive to Lake Charles
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Lake Charles
— 5 nights
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Natchitoches
— 4 nights
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Shreveport
— 6 nights
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West Monroe
— 2 nights
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Lafayette
— 6 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 7 nights
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New Orleans
— 25 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Lake Charles — 5 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Mae's Beach (in Cameron) and Tupper Museum (in Jennings). There's much more to do: stroll around Bord Du Lac Park, see the interesting displays at Brimstone Museum Complex, identify plant and animal life at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, and sample the fine beverages at Bayou Rum Distillery.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lake Charles online trip itinerary planner.

Exeter, UK to Lake Charles is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Exeter to Lake Charles due to the time zone difference. In September in Lake Charles, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Natchitoches.
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Natchitoches — 4 nights

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Natchitoches: Louisiana Political Museum (in Winnfield), Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many) and Frogmore Plantation (in Ferriday). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Cane River National Heritage Trail, examine the collection at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, contemplate the long history of Oakland Plantation, and make a trip to American Cemetery.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Natchitoches online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lake Charles to Natchitoches by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shreveport.
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Shreveport — 6 nights

Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Mansfield State Historic Site (in Mansfield) and Chimp Haven (in Keithville). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Shreveport Water Works Museum, explore the world behind art at R. W. Norton Art Gallery, stroll around Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shreveport vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Natchitoches to Shreveport takes 1.5 hours. September in Shreveport sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to West Monroe.
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West Monroe — 2 nights

West Monroe is a city in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, learn about winemaking at Landry Vineyards, and then walk around Lincoln Parish Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our West Monroe trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Shreveport to West Monroe in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in West Monroe can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lafayette.
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Lafayette — 6 nights

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Venture out of the city with trips to Avery Island (Jungle Gardens & Avery island), Rip Van Winkle Gardens (in New Iberia) and City of Crowley (in Crowley). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, explore the galleries of Acadian Cultural Center, see what you can catch with South Louisiana Redfishing, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Landry Catholic Church.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lafayette trip builder app.

You can drive from West Monroe to Lafayette in 3.5 hours. In September in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Baton Rouge.
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Baton Rouge — 7 nights

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Venture out of the city with trips to Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow), Madewood Plantation (in Napoleonville) and Vacherie (Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & Oak Alley Plantation). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at USS Kidd, stroll around North Boulevard Town Square, contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation, and relax and rejuvenate at The Spa House Day Spa.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Baton Rouge tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lafayette to Baton Rouge takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Baton Rouge, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 25 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mandeville (Northlake Nature Center & Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center), Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and San Francisco Plantation (in Garyville). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's lots more to do: make a trip to French Quarter, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and stroll around New Orleans City Park.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Baton Rouge to New Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Baton Rouge in October, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow 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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