Lafayette, LA, USA

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Lafayette, LA, USA

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Lafayette will spice up your life

Lafayette reigns as the unofficial capital of America's Cajun Country, and boy does it show. The scents of cayenne pepper twist and turn in the Po'Boy joints of Jefferson Street, where bottleneck blues is the backing track of choice. Students sip tangy gulf brews along the bars of McKinley Street, just a stone's throw from crooked cypress-wood cabins and murky wetland rivers. And that's not even mentioning the booming Mardi Gras festivities, the Cajun Heartland State Fair, or the washboard rhythms of the zydeco that echo out from the countless music gigs. Lafayette vacation rentals are your ticket into this rambunctious town.

Find your Cajun jive in Lafayette

Get past the rickety cypress-wood cabanas on the outskirts of Lafayette and you get to the pulsing, student-packed historic center. Prepare to encounter Cajun life there. Prepare for Po'Boy subway sandwiches and bubbling gumbo broths. Prepare for long nights of jiving to rattling zydeco and two-step. Prepare for festivals that celebrate Cajun culture pretty much every month of the year, and one of the largest Mardi Gras blowouts in all of America in winter. Street tours of Jefferson and weekly art walks are also part of the menu, but it's really all about the Cajun vibes.

Explore Cajun history in Lafayette

The Cajun character runs strong through the main attractions of Lafayette. Start with a visit to the age-stained timber shacks and blacksmith homes of the Acadian Village reconstruction, which preserves a traditional Cajun-style settlement on the Louisiana creeks. Vermilionville is a similar option, with its washboard players creating an atmospheric journey into the Cajun life of old. And then there's the Acadian Cultural Center, which bursts with exhibits and photography collections related to the plight of local Cajun settlers.

Enjoy warm winters in Lafayette

This inland corner of Louisiana has 2 times of the year when the weather is simply perfect for enjoying al fresco jazz shows and festivals. The first comes in the winter, between January and February, when you’ll need to book Lafayette vacation rentals well in advance as Mardi Gras and other celebrations take place then. Another great time to come is in the fall, during September, October, and November, when temperatures are still high but prices are slightly easier on the wallet than earlier in the year.

Lafayette sits on the edge of the Vermilion River

Clutching either side of the Vermilion River as it wiggles through the woods and prairies, Lafayette is sat up just a little higher than much of the rest of Louisiana. To get to the famous wetland habitats and birding spots of the state, you'll need to head south to the White Lake Wetlands and the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, which have sawgrass fields and swamplands, and host snapping alligators, turtle species, rare waterfowl, and uber-rare whooping cranes alike between their lakes and levees.