Louisiana Destination Overview
From incredible Creole food to the cultural melting pot of Mardi Gras, there are countless reasons to visit the state of Louisiana. Whether you're coming to explore the rich historical significance of the state, take in the natural beauty of its plants and animals or enjoy it's world-class cuisine, you're sure to find something that catches your interest. If you're coming with friends, you may want to stop in on the annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, the state's largest city. If it's a family vacation that you're after, then a weekend in Baton Rouge could be perfect for you and the kids. Either way, a trip to Louisiana is sure to be one that lives on in your memory forever.
There's nothing quite like New Orleans:
Combining all the best from European, Caribbean and African cultures, New Orleans is one of the few places in America that absolutely cannot be replicated with its phenomenal culinary scene, annual Mardi Gras celebration and plethora of historically significant tourist destinations. With an incredibly well rounded array of activities and attractions to offer, one trip to New Orleans is sure to leave you longing to return to the Big Easy.
Creole crafted cuisine
Indisputably one of the most diverse culinary scenes in the country, New Orleans food features dishes from nearly every corner of the world. While the incredible amount of options presented to foodie-tourists visiting the area can be overwhelming at first. If you're looking for a classic place with a history, then you'll want to head over to the French Quarter to try Cafe du Monde. Featuring a simple menu consisting of local pastries and beverages, the establishment has gained considerable fame by offering some of the best beignets in the entire city. Make sure to try some of their artisanal coffee, as well! If you're looking for a more formal meal, the Upperline Restaurant offers phenomenal three-course dinners set in a vintage New Orleans home outside of the French Quarter.
Mark Twain said that "an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans," and we think he was fully correct in that statement. The annual festival of life, "Fat Tuesday," is a celebration of carnal pleasure before the Lenten season begins. Always occurring 47 days before Easter, the celebration envelopes the city in a blur of parades, incredible delicacies and festive costumes. If you're looking to enter the heart of the madness, then you'll want to get to Bourbon Street while the rest of the city offers more laid-back options for the tamer crowds. To enjoy this celebration you will need to book accommodations far in advance.
A historical haven
Few cities have been able to develop the rich historical background that New Orleans has. Born from the merging of multiple cultures, the city has done a phenomenal job of preserving its many origins, and that's reflected in the vast amount of options for historically educative entertainment. The Confederate Memorial Museum is in the central business district of the city. If you really can't get enough American history while you're down south, the World War II Museum is right next door, making for a great afternoon of historical exploration. If it's more of a thrill you're after, consider visiting the Lalaurie Mansion in the French Quarter. Built in the 1830's, the mansion not only offers a view into early plantation life, but is also considered one of the most haunted places in America.
Breaking free in Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s state capital and home to Louisiana State University. The city has become something of a pilgrimage location for fans of college sports, specifically football. Whether you're hoping to cheer for the home team, explore some of Louisiana's finest natural wonders or take in the city's rich history, you're sure to find something perfect for the whole family here in Baton Rouge.
Down in the swamp
A trip to Louisiana wouldn't be complete without taking in some of the beautiful marsh and swamp land that the state has been built upon and around. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is a short drive from downtown Baton Rouge and offers 101 acres of pristinely kept swamp for your viewing pleasure. Traverse the 65-acre swamp on a well-maintained boardwalk or explore the surrounding forest and the interactive exhibits set up throughout. Either way, you're sure to leave having learned something new and made some memories.
The governor and I
Peek into the lifestyle of yesteryear's elite by taking a tour of The Old Governor's Mansion on North Boulevard. The structure was home to nine different governors during a period spanning 1930 to 1962, and has been maintained with the decor and furniture from that time period. Experience the regal feeling of plantation living by scheduling a tour of this famed Baton Rouge institution.