Greater New Orleans is a sensory explosion. Let your taste buds linger over the town’s famed beignets for breakfast, spicy Creole gumbo for lunch and exquisite oysters Rockefeller for dinner. Your eyes will be busy taking in the sight of the grand mansions of the Garden District or the historic Spanish architecture of the French Quarter. As you walk the streets, your ears will be treated to the sounds of traditional jazz music rolling in from the town’s many storied venues. Visit Audubon Park or the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve for a quieter taste of New Orleans.
Tigers and gators thrive in the Florida parishes region of southern Louisiana. Baton Rouge is home to the beloved Louisiana State University Tigers football team, and you’ll feel like a local if you join in for some tailgating and a game. A real tiger serves as the mascot, and you can visit its multimillion dollar habitat at the university. For a wilder animal encounter, grab your camera and head out on an alligator tour of the swamps. Visit Slidell in spring for a Mardi Gras celebration that’s every bit as fun as its New Orleans counterpart.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll in Acadiana, the heart of Cajun Country in southern Louisiana. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this bayou region with a visit to the Acadian Cultural Center or the Vermilionville Living History & Folk Life Park in Lafayette, the largest city in the region. Get a real-life taste of the culture by sampling the traditional Cajun cuisine and the rolling zydeco music at one of the many venues in the area. You never know when you might find a festival, a jam session or a street parade in lively Acadiana.