Louisiana

The state of Louisiana is home to the lively city of New Orleans, but there’s more to see outside of the capital and a holiday here will have you enjoying a rich music scene, fantastic food, miles upon miles of lush swampland and a warm welcome that only the south know how to offer.The French Quarter is the place to start in New Orleans and you’ll find the spirit of jazz very much alive here. There’s always a festival, parade, market, street performer or live band to be seen here and you’ll have plenty of chance to sit and take in some of the local jazz scene’s finest acts while sipping a bourbon on Bourbon Street!If Bourbon Street gets a bit wild for you, wind down on Frenchman Street, where you’ll find a quieter,

more sophisticated atmosphere, and most of the city’s locals.Other great New Orleans landmarks include the historic streetcars which you can ride from place to place, the New Orleans Zoo and the famous Saint Louis Cemetery, the French Quarter’s most famous landmark. There’s also Garden District, a beautiful residential area lined with ancient oaks and spectacular historic mansions, the stunning St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and the pretty New Orleans City Park.But outside of New Orleans there’s plenty to see too, and plantations is where you should start. These sprawling landmarks are something every tourist should take the time to visit for their important history and beautiful gardens.

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If you’re up for some serious nature, head to the sprawling wilderness of Kisatchie National Forest for camping, hiking, fishing and water sports. There’s also Lake Martin in Breaux Bridge where you can experience a real taste of the Louisiana bayou, complete with swamps, gnarled trees draped with Spanish moss and even an alligator or two if you’re lucky!Back on dry land, and further into Louisiana you’ve got the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City – a glittering haven of adult fun and games,

and the LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge where you can catch a game of American football in one of the state’s favourite sporting arenas.Make sure to visit the official mascot, Mike the Tiger, in his habitat where you can see this famous big cat off duty before a big game. If you’re on a holiday to Louisiana, no doubt you’ll visit the vibrant city of New Orleans, but don’t stop there – this warm southern state has so much to offer in the way of landmarks, nature and attractions, so make sure to plan a few days here to see it all.

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10 facts about Louisiana

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Louisiana got its name from King Louis XIV, who was the King of France from 1643-1715. There is a huge French influence here.

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New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, which was inspired by a combination of African voodoo ritual songs and traditional Christian church music.

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Louisiana is known for its fresh seafood, in particular crawfish and oysters. If you’re after crawfish, head to Breaux Bridge, ‘Crawfish Capital of the World’.

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The biggest freshwater river basin in the world, the Atchafalaya Basin, is found in Saint Martin Parish, where you can try a variety of water sports.

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New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival originated in southern Europe and celebrates food, music and dancing just before the Catholic time of Lent.

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The Louisiana bayou (pronounced BYE-you) is French for ‘slow-moving river’, and here you’ll find almost half as many alligators as the whole state population.

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At 450 feet tall with an impressive 34 floors, Louisiana is home to the tallest state capitol building in the United States.

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The legendary jazz musician, Louis Armstrong, is from New Orleans. You don’t have to look far to see his musical influence here.

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The longest bridge over water in the whole world is the Lake Pontchartrain causeway in Metairie. It is 24 miles long.

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Rayne is the unofficial ‘Frog Capital of the World’ and holds an annual frog festival, where you can see, well, a lot of frogs.

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