If you are currently looking to visit Louisiana and are planning your road trip, or are seeking information on places to visit, there are plenty of places you should have on your bucket list. This traditional state offers history, great architecture, plenty of museums and exhibits, as well as natural beauty. To help you plan your itinerary, below we have selected a few places in Louisiana you should visit on your trip.
1. New Orleans
The largest city of Louisiana, New Orleans is famous for its annual Madri Gras festival, but there are plenty of more attractions awaiting. Near the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River, the colorful city offers something new and something old for everyone. New Orleans is an amazing place for tourists and you will see the African, Mexican, French, and Bourbon influence all through the historic city. Once there, you should check out the French Quarter and the National WWII Museum.
2. Baton Rouge
Another city you shouldn’t miss during your trip to Louisiana is the capital city; Baton Rouge. The second largest city in the state and houses several great museums. It is a great place to visit if you would like to find out more about the old times and explore the modern art this place has to offer. Visit the Old Louisiana State Capitol, now a museum, and take the kids for a splash at the Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin’.
3. Lake Charles
In the Southwest of the state you will find Lake Charles, a charming city with a character. There are plenty of casinos to choose from, and you can explore the Cajun culture when you visit. If you love hiking and would like to get close to nature, you can challenge yourself and visit the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road stretching over 25 miles. Water sport lovers can try themselves at kayaking or paddleboarding, too.
4. Bossier City
Wildlife lovers will enjoy their visit to Bossier City. While it is more famous for its gambling resorts, it also has an Air Force exhibition and plenty of outdoor spaces. You should check out the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, where you can engage in bird watching, fishing, hiking, and kayaking, or just have a wild time. Take a trip to the Shreveport Water Works Museum, where you can find out how steam and water powered everything long time ago.
If you are interested in the Cajun and Creole cultures, you must visit Lafayette. Make sure you check out the Acadian Cultural Center, one of the best historic places for people who would like to find out more about food, customs, and the migration of French Canadians. You can even find an Acadian Village where you see how people used to live according to their traditions. Nature lovers can pay a visit to the Lake Martin Rookery and take some stunning pictures to update their Instagram stream. Take a hike and spot wildlife along the way.
6. Breaux Bridge
Not far from Lafayette, you will find this picturesque small town, also known as the Crawfish Capital of the World. You can take a trip down Lake Martin, or go to the Prehistoric Park, where you can explore 12 acres of forest and greenery. Meet the dinosaurs and explore the natural beauty of the surroundings. You might even venture into the Cypress Island Preserve, where you will find different landmarks close to each other. Explore the swamps, hardwood forests, and watch colorful birds all year round.
7. Grand Isle
This small fishing island is right between the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana. You can go fishing, watch the wildlife, or simply relax on one of the pristine beaches. The Grand Isle State Park is a great place for overnight camping, and has its own beach and fishing pier. If you are after a romantic getaway and would like to connect with nature, you can find RV camps and various motels, log cabins to enjoy. Pay a visit to Elmer’s Island, where you can spot some wildlife near the beach, too.
8. Honey Island Swamp, Slidell
The river swamp offers great views and a fantastic opportunity to get closer to nature than you’ve ever been. The wildlife sanctuary is full of exotic bird species and you can sign up for a guided rowing boat tour to explore the flora and fauna of this exotic place, take some stunning pictures, and have a break from civilization. Admire the huge cypress trees, the untouched natural beauty, and explore the unique waterways.
9. Natchitoches Landmark District
Louisiana’s oldest European settlement is full of tradition and history. The original architecture of the historic district features buildings from the styles of Queen Anne, Art Deco, and French Creole. Those who are looking for a place with a character and charm will love the small galleries, shops, antique stores, and restaurants. Once you have explored the historic district, you can visit the Cane River Creole National Historical Park to fully embrace the beauty of the town’s surroundings.
If you would like to see something magical on your trip to Louisiana, you must check out the Chauvin Sculpture Garden. The outside art pieces feature magical characters, soldiers, and even God himself. There is – of course – a nature reserve nearby; Pointe-Aux-Chenes, where you can see the entire Gulf Coast. Visit the tribal area where you can try fishing, hunting, oystering, and other traditional activities. If you get lucky, you might get a glimpse of some bird of prey, or a few marsh ponies.
Whether you are a history lover or would like to get close to nature, Louisiana offers some of the best spots for relaxation. Take a step back in time and explore the Creole traditions and culture, trying the best food in the region made from original recipes. Visit some of the wildlife reserves for a relaxing day out and spend a few hours watching the birds, spotting animals in the swamps, or taking some stunning pictures of the Gulf of Mexico.