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Louisiana – Things to do

Louisiana Attractions

Louisiana offers visitors a wide range of experiences from lively cities such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge where historic architecture meets modern achievement to unique small towns and the untamed beauty of the intricate swamps and bayous. Visit vineyards and local breweries, stop at the Tabasco factory to discover how this word famous sauce is made or learn how to cook a local speciality. Get in touch with nature on a forest trail hike, swamp tour or kayaking along one of the state’s many, lakes, rivers and bayous. Discover the unique history of the region on a guided tour and uncover the mystical legends of the Rougarou, vampires and voodoo which the region is famous for. Sample delicious local cuisine from freshly caught crawfish etouffée and fried oyster po-boys to sugar laden beignets, and enjoy expertly mixed cocktails from the state where they originated. And be sure to join the party. Louisiana is known for its many festivals with over 400 happening annually, from the world-famous Mardi Gras celebrations, countless food festivals like the Louisiana Seafood Festival and musical events like Shreveport’s Mudbug Madness Festival to the Central Louisiana Outdoor Adventure Festival, so no matter when you plan to visit there’s sure to be something going on.

Jackson Square

New Orleans

This vibrant city is brimming with attractions, take a stroll through the lively historic French Quarter with its beautiful wrought iron balconies overlooking the cobbled streets brimming with bars, restaurants and jazz joints. Join a walking tour to discover the rich history of this fascinating city. Try a breakfast beignet from the Café du Monde in the French Market or jump on a traditional streetcar to visit the beautiful Garden District.

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Old State Capitol

Plantation country

Visit historic antebellum houses, where the history and culture of Louisiana over the centuries is brought to life, exploring Cajun and Creole cooking, embarking on swamp and river tours of the Mississippi River. Just a short drive from the plantations of the Great River Road area you will find the Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge. Home to the beautiful Old State Capitol building, the LSU Museum of art and some fantastic riverside restaurants and bars.

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Cypress Lake

Cajun country

Located in Southwest Louisiana the unique Cajun country is known as the land of “fais do do” and zydeco music and legend of the Rougarou. Dubbed as the happiest city in America, Lafayette is the capital of Cajun Country. Head downtown and learn some Cajun and Zydeco dance moves or try your hand making a local delicacy, Boudin. Enjoy local brews and live music or escape the city and explore the swamps by kayak or airboat. Lake Charles offers a diverse menu of historic and cultural attractions, world famous cuisine, outdoors adventure and world-class casinos. Explore the stunning scenery along the Creole Nature Trail and keep your camera handy to capture an instragram worthy photo of the local wildlife.

Zydeco

Louisiana music

Louisiana is as respected for its music as it is for its food and has more festivals than any other state in the USA. This is the birthplace of jazz, where zydeco, swamp-pop and brass-hop can be heard at regular intervals on the streets of New Orleans. Further north Louisiana Blues is a key influencer on the world music scene. This is also Rock 'n Roll country where Jerry Lee Lewis rose to fame and the Louisiana Hayride launched the careers of Hank Williams and Elvis Presley.

Explore the great outdoors

Answer the call of the wild in Louisiana - Discover an authentic Louisiana and its wildlife on a Cajun swamp tour through the remarkable bayous, wetlands and swamps, where ancient cypress trees bearded with Spanish moss create a mysterious landscape that has captivated visitors for centuries. Discover alligators and turtles, snakes and egrets as well as blue herons and raccoons, white tailed deer and bald eagles. This is a landscape where change is the only constant from the shifting waters of the Mississippi that shape the land. New Orleans, for example, is surrounded by marshland, fed from the Mississippi River and these waterways form some of its most treasured natural habitats.

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New Orleans Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras happens all over Louisiana - not just New Orleans. The origins of the festival can be traced to medieval Europe. Its literal translation is ‘Fat Tuesday’; the last day for eating food before fasting for Lent begins. Visitors to the city often remark how similar New Orleans is to European cities, most notably the French Quarter. The Mardi Gras epitomises Louisiana’s unique character. From the bayous in the south to the savannahs of the north and encompassing Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette - Louisiana is a fascinating layer cake of charm, food and music with a cultural heritage that runs as deep as the Mississippi.

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LeBlues Landing

Try the local cuisine

Louisiana cuisine is home to two types of exciting culinary styles – Cajun and creole. Creole is a mix of Portuguese, Native American, and African whereas Cajun cooking travelled south with the Canadian French-speaking Arcadians who settled in Louisiana. These signature dishes are typical of the mix of cultures in Louisiana, recipes have been evolving in kitchens throughout the state for hundreds of years and are as popular now as they have ever been. Gumbo - When it comes to Louisiana cuisine, names are a big clue to the different cultural origins. Gumbo (possibly from the Choctaw word kombo) is a type of stew containing meat or fish and vegetables. Jambalaya - A Creole dish of Spanish origin this delicious Louisiana speciality is similar to paella served with shellfish or meat. Etouffée (ay-too-fay) - Etouffée refers to a Cajun cooking process called ‘smothering’ and usually involves shellfish served over rice. Beignets - These little deep-fried choux pastry treats dusted with icing sugar are perfect with coffee to kick start your mornings in New Orleans.

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