Must-Visit Tourist Spots While You are in Louisiana

Louisiana, the southwestern state in the United States derives its name in honor of the French King Louis XIV. This diverse state shows its French, African American, and French Canadian roots in everything ranging from architecture to music and food. 

There is something for everyone to do here in this historic state.

Relive history through the civil war museums and plantations. Enjoy the popular Mardi Gras festival and the scenic view of the French Quarters. Get a taste of the wonderful Cajun and creole cuisine. 

Connect with nature through kayaking, fishing, or a swamp tour. So, get your planner ready and pack your bags to head to this state for a one-of-a-kind trip of your lifetime.

French Quarter

The oldest and most famous neighborhood in New Orleans is none other than the French Quarter. Experience the multicultural taste of this borough through its lively music, dancing, dining, and shopping. 

Take the French Quarter Tours du Jour for an insight into its rich history and enjoy the 300-year-old architecture through a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride.

Walk through the lively Bourbon Street to the sound of some jazz music. Appreciate the beautiful buildings and food on North Rampart Street. You can also visit the historic Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park, where the African American community socialized during the segregation era. 

The 31-acre park has many trails, fountains, and a huge statue of the jazz legend, Louis Armstrong.

Mardi Gras World

The most famous and awaited event of the year for Louisiana is the Mardi Gras Festival. It falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, but celebrations begin on the weekend beforehand. 

This vibrant and colorful festival boasts hundreds of unique floats that require a lot of hardworking craftsmen and hours of meticulous work.

For an in-depth view of how the celebration comes to life, visit Mardi Gras World where you can visit the workshops where the floats are made. Prepare to have your memory card empty beforehand because you are going to take tons of pictures here.

Vermilionville 

Vermillionville was home to the Acadian settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries.  This living history museum will take you back to explore the traditions and heritage of the Acadian settlers through folk crafts, historical insights, and restored original Acadian buildings. 

This stop provides an excellent opportunity for you to enjoy a hands-on experience of this historic site.

Honey Islands Swamp Tour

Honey Island Swamp is the least altered river swamp in the country, so you can experience nature in its truest form. A boat ride through this swamp will be the most memorable experience of your journey. 

Be sure to capture all the wildlife this place has to offer on your camera.

Old State Capitol

This Gothic-Revival-Style building is a must-go for both architecture and history nerds. The historic landmark resembles a castle with its twin towers and a crenelated roof set atop a hill by the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge. 

Head in to explore the state’s rich history artifacts, documents, and the famous “Ghost of The Castle” presentation hosted by the 4D apparition of Sarah Morgan.

USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial

Located at the USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial Baton Rouge, Louisiana, “Pirate of the Pacific” honors all the brave American soldiers who sacrificed themselves during WWII to give us the freedom we enjoy today. 

You can board the ship that was active during the war and glimpse into the past through the memorabilia and documents on display in the museum. The USS Kidd is named after Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, Sr., martyred during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans provides an immersive and detailed look into the second world war. With the help of media and interactive technology, history becomes more than written texts in documents. The most interesting exhibit is the “Road to Berlin,” where visitors can experience actual recreated battle zones with both sight and sound.

The personal artifacts, photos, and letters of soldiers in the museum will make you realize that the people who fought for the country were ordinary people like you and me, with hope for a better future for the next generations.

Rosedown Plantation and Gardens

This is one of the most well-preserved Southern Plantations and will provide visitors an insight into the lives of both owners and slaves in the 19th century South. 

The beautiful garden boasts a collection of azaleas, camellias, and rare shrubs and trees. It’s the perfect site for a lazy afternoon stroll or a small picnic.

Laura Plantation

The Laura Plantation in Vacherie allows visitors to tour the 180-year-old sugar plantation property and the 19th-century building with original furniture and other memoirs. 

The main attraction is the exhibit detailing the personal lives of the enslaved African Americans on the plantations.

The rare photos and documents give a glimpse into the complex and dark history of our nation’s past with enslavement.

Jackson Square

One of the most famous sites located in the heart of New Orleans, Jackson Square is home to St. Louis Cathedral. Enjoy the lively busking scene and street performers, shop for souvenirs, dine on local delicacies, or just sit in the shade and watch everyday life.

Cypress Island Preserve

Cypress Island is a 9,500-acre swamp located between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge. It is home to diverse flora and fauna, including the American Alligator.  

It is also a popular destination for bird watching as it is home to a large variety of birds due to the wading bird rookery on the grounds.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge

The Causeway Bridge is the longest overwater bridge in the world and is an engineering and architectural marvel. The 24-mile-long bridge with two parallel bridges over the beautiful Lake Pontchartrain will surely be a trip to remember.

Avery Island

This island paradise is home to the famous Tabasco Sauce Company. A 10-stop self-guided tour will take visitors to the Tabasco museum, the factory building, warehouse, and other facilities. 

Then, dine at the restaurant to enjoy the scenic view of the island and maybe catch a glimpse of the area’s exotic birds, alligators, and deer.

Venice

Venice is located in southeastern Louisiana and is a prime destination for a fishing excursion. It is near the spot where the Mississippi empties into the Gulf of Mexico, and so, it has become the best charter fishing area in the country. 

Whether you are hoping for a big catch or simply a chance to spend the afternoon fishing, there are many charter boats and guide services available for a great trip.

Lafayette

Located in southwestern Louisiana over the Vermilion River, Lafayette is home to both Cajun and creole cultures. The Acadian Village is a reconstructed Cajun community with authentic furnishings and homes to give you a better understanding of the culture. 

The Alexandre Mouton House Museum, the Lafayette Science Museum, and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum are other interesting sites to visit.

Natchitoches

This is the oldest settlement in Louisiana and is rich with Spanish and French colonial architecture. Stroll by the Cane River Lake and enjoy the scenic colonial homes and have an afternoon tea at one of the bed and breakfasts.

Don’t forget to visit Fort Saint Jean Baptiste, an 18th-century fort where military maneuvers and ordinary life reenactments take you back in time.

Fontainebleau State Park

For an escape from the city hustle, try visiting Fontainebleau State Park, which is a short drive from Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge. 

You can sunbathe in the sandy beaches here, walk the trails to see the various labeled plants and trees, go bird watching, or rent one of the waterfront cabins for an overnight stay.

Where To Stay

Like most people, you will be spending most of your trip exploring the wonders of New Orleans while in Louisiana. You may be here for the Mardi Gras Festival or simply to enjoy the vibrant jazz scene and Cajun food for the weekend. 

Whatever the reason, when it comes to accommodations, we have you covered. Read this very helpful guide on places to stay in New Orleans.

Conclusion

Louisiana is a state rich with culture, music, food, and people. Here, with so many places to so and so much to do, you will never have a dull moment. So, mark your calendars for your next vacation and take your friends or family to Louisiana for a trip to remember.  

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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