19 days in Louisiana Itinerary

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Fly to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Drive to Lake Charles
Lake Charles
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Baton Rouge
— 5 nights
New Orleans
— 6 nights


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: stroll around Bord Du Lac Park, hike along Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, play a few rounds at Gray Plantation, and identify plant and animal life at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Charles trip itinerary builder site.

Berlin, Germany to Lake Charles is an approximately 21.5-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. In September, daytime highs in Lake Charles are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) 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 Rip Van Winkle Gardens in New Iberia (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, snap pictures at Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge and Monument, get curious at Lafayette Science Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Landry Catholic Church.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lafayette travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Lake Charles to Lafayette in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Baton Rouge.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Baton Rouge — 5 nights

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. Get out of town with these interesting Baton Rouge side-trips: Vacherie (Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & Oak Alley Plantation), Madewood Plantation (in Napoleonville) and Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at USS Kidd, stroll around Arsenal Park, get a sense of history and politics at State Capitol Welcome Center, and steep yourself in history at Nottoway Plantation.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Baton Rouge travel planner.

Getting from Lafayette to Baton Rouge by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. September in Baton Rouge sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
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New Orleans — 6 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: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, make a trip to Jackson Square, walk around New Orleans City Park, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans tour planner.

You can drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Baton Rouge in September, plan for little chillier days in New Orleans, with highs around 33°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.