Destination guide

History and culture near Louisiana vacation home rentals

Louisiana's layers of history – a melting pot of African, French and American traditions – has resulted in some fascinating Creole and Cajun cultures. The grassy prairies of the north slowly blur into swampland and bayou before reaching the Gulf of Mexico. When you stay in a Louisiana vacation rental, you'll hear jazz emanating from the casual bars, get involved in raucously colorful festivals and gorge on unique Creole cuisine, like jambalaya and seafood gumbo. Its most famous city, New Orleans, has been through some difficult times but even that's failed to quash the spirits of its residents.

History

Historic sites near Louisiana vacation rentals

Louisiana has numerous historic sites to enjoy on a trip. Vacation homes are available near places like the National WWII Museum, a multi-building museum with interactive submarine exhibits, planes, and a theater showcasing World War II history, and the Cabildo, a state museum and landmark with local New Orleans artifacts and exhibits. You'll also like Houmas House and Gardens, a Greek revival mansion and plantation with gardens and restaurants.

Things to do

Attractions near vacation rentals in Louisiana

Nothing is quite as iconic in the state as New Orleans's French Quarter, or Vieux Carre, the oldest part of the city. Built in the 18th-century, a wander past the ornate balconies and colorful homes of Bourbon Street will transport you to a vision of old Europe. An afternoon stroll through the district is never wasted time. If you stay in a Louisiana vacation rental during February, you can't help but be swept away by the colorful Mardi Gras festival. For more historical architecture, be sure to swing by Natchitoches, the oldest town in the state.

Activities

Activities near Louisiana vacation homes

If you can drag yourself away from the historical cities and Creole cuisine, the state isn't short of outdoor activities. If you're staying in a Louisiana vacation rental towards the south, there's no better way to explore the marshes and wetlands than onboard one of the many swamp tours. If you're more of a solo traveler, you could paddle down the meandering waterways on rented kayaks, or lace up your boots to hike along their banks. Alternatively, kick back on one of the sandy beaches along the shoreline, or grab your clubs and head off to one of the courses for a sunny round.

Weather

Best time to travel to Louisiana vacation homes

If you're a first-timer to New Orleans, try to visit between February and May when the climate is at its most comfortable and the festivities are underway. Be sure to nab your Louisiana vacation rental early, it's peak season in the city. Outside these dates, the most comfortable time to travel to The Pelican State is between December and January, though you'll want to avoid the price hike over Christmas and New Year. If you don't mind sky-high temperatures, humidity and the odd thunderstorm, you can score rock-bottom deals on vacation rentals in summer.

Natural features

A treasure trove of wildlife in Louisiana

The waterways and marshlands provide habitats for countless species of birds and reptiles. If you hop on a wildlife safari, you won't be disappointed with the sight of pelicans, great blue herons and gopher tortoises. Recently removed from the endangered species list, Louisiana black bears have started to thrive again and it's not uncommon to spot one. Blue crabs often scamper around the river beds and are a main staple on the table when cooked. When you stay in a Louisiana vacation rental, listen out for the hoot of a great horned owl.

Food and drink

Sample regional cuisine in Louisiana

Louisiana cuisine blends French, Spanish, West African, Amerindian, Haitian, and German influences for a distinctive culinary culture. Many signature dishes come from Louisiana, such as gumbo, bisque, shrimp remoulade, jambalaya, rice and gravy, red beans, dirty rice, and creole cream cheese, all of which can be found in restaurants and eateries near your vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Louisiana?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,716 vacation rentals near Louisiana. From 197 Cabins to 1,567 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Louisiana for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Louisiana?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Louisiana. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • New Orleans: 2,815 vacation rentals
  • French Quarter: 1,138 vacation rentals
  • Grand Isle: 116 vacation rentals
  • Baton Rouge: 120 vacation rentals
  • Lake Charles: 51 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Louisiana! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Louisiana?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Louisiana:

  • New Orleans: 2,815 rentals
  • Grand Isle: 116 rentals
  • Baton Rouge: 120 rentals
  • Lake Charles: 51 rentals
  • Many: 117 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Louisiana?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Louisiana are:

  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY): 2,734 vacation rentals
  • Belle Chasse, LA (BCS-Southern Seaplane): 2,756 vacation rentals
  • Houma, LA (HUM-Houma-Terrebonne): 30 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Louisiana?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Louisiana. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pointe Aux Chenes Wildlife Management Area: 23 rentals
  • Harrah's New Orleans Casino: 2,733 rentals
  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center: 2,737 rentals
  • North Toledo Bend State Park: 112 rentals
  • Fontainebleau State Park: 99 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Louisiana listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Louisiana

New Orleans
2,815 vacation rentals
Grand Isle
116 vacation rentals
Baton Rouge
120 vacation rentals
Lake Charles
51 vacation rentals
Many
117 vacation rentals
Slidell
80 vacation rentals
Venice
56 vacation rentals
Shreveport
36 vacation rentals
Lafayette
83 vacation rentals
Metairie
2,658 vacation rentals
Natchitoches
17 vacation rentals
Hackberry
29 vacation rentals
Covington
46 vacation rentals
Mandeville
36 vacation rentals
Saint Francisville
20 vacation rentals
Bossier City
32 vacation rentals
Breaux Bridge
77 vacation rentals
Houma
32 vacation rentals
New Iberia
27 vacation rentals
Farmerville
15 vacation rentals