Louisiana is known for its historic cultural melding of American Indians, Africans, the Spanish and the French, creating a unique, fascinating Southern U.S. destination. The mighty Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans, the state’s largest city and most-visited, thus the profusion of amazing Louisiana hotels and attractions in the area. The center of the city is the French Quarter with its jazz music, historic architecture and plethora of delectable eateries. From the beautiful Garden District to St. Louis Cathedral, oldest in the country, to major Universities Loyola, Tulane and Xavier, to New Orleans Saints football, there is never a lack of things to do!
The coast of Louisiana is a mixture of bays and bayous, beaches and marshes, creating opportunities for fishing, boating and sun-filled holidays. Baton Rouge is located about an hour and a half north of New Orleans; visitors enjoy touring the Gothic-style Old Capitol Building which stands high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi, as well as the current Art Deco Capitol. The Natchitoches area, the oldest settlement in Louisiana, is charming and historic. Visit to explore Creole National Historical Park & Heritage Area featuring the Oakland and Magnolia Plantations which lie along the meandering Cane River.
Just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans lies Fontainebleau State Park, site of sugar mill ruins, sandy beaches and an interpretive nature trail. Shreveport-Bossier City metro area lies in the northwest corner of the state and sports a bit of a Texas feel. A couple unique trails have been created to assist visitors in exploring Louisiana: the Audubon Golf Trail featuring 12 designer courses, and the African American Heritage Trail, showcasing museums, heritage sites and cultural attractions. Both Trails lead you through all regions of the state! Cajun country is a blast to explore – what are you waiting for?