Our suggested Louisiana Road Trip route takes in the best that this exciting State has to offer. There's the vibrancy of New Orleans, of course, but also so much more to see and do...
DAY 1-4 - 133 miles
New Orleans to New Iberia
New Orleans, founded in 1718, is famous for its live music, delicious cuisine, Mardi Gras, tax free shopping, historic districts, museums, parties, parades and festivals! For a taste of Cajun cuisine, stop in Houma for traditional blackened redfish and shrimp étouffée. Drive on to New Iberia and learn about plantation life before visiting the world famous Tabasco® Sauce Factory on Avery Island where you can see how the pepper sauce is made as you tour the factory.
DAY 5 - 22 miles
New Iberia to Lafayette
Lafayette, 'Capital of French Louisiana', is home to the fascinating living museums, Acadian Village and Vermilionville. Learn more about the history of the Acadians and see how the Cajuns lived, listen to their music and sample traditional cuisine. Visit the quaint towns, like St. Martinville, that surround Lafayette and add flavour to the gumbo that is Louisiana.
DAY 6 - 72 miles
Lafayette to Lake Charles
Lake Charles is home to 'Louisiana's Outback', is rich in both history and scenery with a thriving arts community, riverboat gaming and miles of scenic byways. Experience the breathtaking views by driving the Creole Nature Trail National Scenic Byway.
DAY 7 - 152 miles
Lake Charles to Natchitoches
Visit Alexandria's historic Loyd Hall Plantation and download the 12 Years A Slave app to learn about this fascinating part of the state's history. The beautiful historic town of Natchitoches, founded in 1714, is the oldest settlement in Louisiana, full of boutique shops, restaurants, 38 historic B&Bs and home to famous meat pies. Take a walking tour of the old Creole townhouses, a guided tour of film sites and the internationally-acclaimed architecture of the new Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
DAY 8 - 100 miles
Natchitoches to Vicksburg
Visit Louisiana's third largest city, Shreveport, known as 'Sportman's Paradise' through its outdoor recreational areas for fishing, swimming and camping. Learn about the battle of Vicksburg, turning point in the Civil War, as you tour the vast Military Park. Then visit Vicksburg's Old Court House Museum, Coca-Cola Museum or relax on the Mississippi River.
DAY 9-10 - 70 miles
Vicksburg to Natchez
Discover rural Mississippi's warm hospitality in the quaint and historic town of Port Gibson en route to Natchez. With over 500 exquisite antebellum homes you can encounter firsthand the elegance and charm of the 'Old South' with a B&B experience. A must-do are the horse-drawn carriage tours of these magnificent historic structures. Sample bars, restaurants, gift shops, and casino gaming, along with the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians showcasing the culture of this once-great Native American civilisation.
DAY 11 - 92 miles
Natchez to Baton Rouge
Louisiana's capital city Baton Rouge has an abundance of attractions, including an art-deco Capitol building, a wonderful State Museum, a lively music scene, dining, and tax-free shopping malls.
DAY 12-14 - 80 miles
Baton Rouge Along The River To New Orleans
The Great River Road has a stunning collection of Louisiana's historic plantation homes, each telling a unique story reflecting the heritage and colourful history of plantation culture, the perfect place for touring. Arrive in New Orleans for flight home.
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