Travel Louisiana ... the Bayou State!
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Explore Louisiana Destinations and take a virtual tour to experience the many interesting cities and travel attractions that Louisiana has to offer.
Learn more about this fascinating state ... from Alligators and Gumbo, to Swamps and Zydeco!
About Louisiana Destinations
We are Louisiana natives, and proud of our Cajun heritage. We enjoy our travels and road trips to many small towns in the Bayou State.
Visit over 60 travel destinations and tourist attractions in Louisiana, and don't miss our special section on the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
Today's Louisiana Tour Highlights
It's February of 2016, and the warm Louisiana winter days are ideal for a road trip or vacation to the Bayou State.
While traveling in South Louisiana, be sure to tour other popular area destinations including Breaux Bridge and its Crawfish Festival, St. Martinville, Lafayette, Morgan City, New Iberia along beautiful Bayou Teche, and Henderson.
Louisiana on Reality TV Shows
Louisiana is a popular setting and filming location for the movie industry, and several hit TV shows.
Welcome to the Swamp! It's the dawn of a new alligator season in Louisiana. As we watch "Swamp People" on the History Channel, we remember the good times we've spent in South Louisiana towns such as Pierre Part and Pecan Island bordering the bayous, the great Atchafalaya swamp, and the Gulf of Mexico.
A new season of Swamp People debuted on February 8, 2016. Season 7 opened with the episode entitled "High Water Hell" with the King of the Swamp, Troy Landry, finding himself going head-to-head with Mother Nature.
"Duck Dynasty" on the A&E Network is filmed near Monroe and stars Phil Robertson, Willie Robertson and the rest of their family, the owners of the highly successful Duck Commander duck call business. Season 9 of Duck Dynasty premiered on January 13, 2016 on A&E and will air its 100th episode on February 17, 2016.
YOUR Louisiana Trip!
We also have maps of popular towns included, as well as weather forecasts, and hotel and lodging information to help plan YOUR vacation trip and YOUR destinations in Louisiana.
Enjoy your road trip and vacation, and travel to Louisiana again soon!
Acadiana is a vast region emcompassing 22 parishes in French Louisiana in the southern part of the state. It stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to about 100 miles inland, and covers about 14,500 acres.
The residents in the area are descended from various native American and nationalities, but many are "Cajuns", descendants of 18th-century Acadian exiles from what are now Canada's Maritime Provinces. While Cajuns have a large presence, not all who live in Acadiana is culturally Acadian or speaks Cajun French, nor is everybody who is culturally Acadian or "Cajun" descended from the Acadian refugees.
Many of the state's amazing antebellum mansions remain intact, and are meticulously maintained and furnished with beautiful period pieces.
These classic homes and gardens are located all over the state, with large concentrations along the Great River Road, and across south and central Louisiana, and in "Plantation Country" near Baton Rouge. Others are located in West Feliciana Parish around the St. Francisville area.
But plantations homes existed all over Louisiana, and many have survived. Kent House is located in Alexandria, and near Natchitoches is Melrose Plantation.
The lush growth in a Louisiana swamp is indescribable. You have to see it to believe it. The most impressive objects are the cypress trees which are very graceful in their structure with their reddish bark, exquisitely bent branches, and delicately fine leaves.
Bald cypress prefer wet, swampy soils on riverbanks, floodplains, or wet depressions, but are widely adaptable. Unlike most conifers (which are evergreens), the bald cypress is deciduous, and loses its needles in the fall, giving the tree a "bald" appearance).
Hotels & Lodging
Louisiana offers a variety of hotels, motels, extended-stay suites, upscale inns, and other lodging. Bed & Breakfasts around Louisiana offer exceptional amenities and services.
Vacation rentals are also an excellent option in many parts of Louisiana, particularly in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette metro areas.
For those planning trips to outdoor destinations, lakes and campgrounds, they will find numerous State Parks, camping facilities and RV parks in every part of Louisiana.
Some folks call 'em crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, but here in Louisiana they are simply CRAWFISH, whether they are basin crawfish, spillway crawfish, or pond crawfish.
Crawfish are freshwater crustaceans. Louisiana has more than 30 different species of crawfish, but only two species are commercially important to the industry: the red swamp crawfish and the white river crawfish.
Crawfish are healthy food. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein, low in calories, fat and saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins.
With the advent of the Internet, and shippers such as FedEx, crawfish lovers outside of Louisiana can enjoy fresh, Louisiana crawfish delivered to their door at home, or their nearest airport!
The stories and adventures of alligator hunters in Louisiana are being told in the TV series "Swamp People" on the History Channel.
The show follows a group of alligator trappers during the 30-day Louisiana alligator season in various areas of South Louisiana, including the huge Atchafalaya Swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin in south central Louisiana.
After a successful debut in August, 2010, Swamp People has become a runaway hit on the History Channel.
The Duck Dynasty TV show features the family of Phil Robertson, a close-knit, church-going Louisiana bayou group living the American dream as they operate the thriving Duck Commander business, while maintaining their family values and lifestyle.
Duck Dynasty is filmed in the Monroe area of northeast Louisiana, and airs on the A&E Network which premiered the show in March of 2012.
Due to the huge success of the series, Duck Dynasty began Season 2 in October, 2012, followed by Season 3 early in 2013. The show, produced for A&E Networks by Gurney Productions, ended 2012 as the most watched A&E telecast of all time with 6.5 million viewers.
The American Alligator is the largest reptile in North America.
Many in Louisiana and across the country have an interest in, and fascination with, the alligator. A variety of swamp tours, alligator tours, alligator ranches, alligator expeditions, alligator parks, and nature tours cater to tourists in Louisiana.
The first reptiles appeared 300 million years ago and ancestors of the American alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis) appeared 160 million years ago.
Alligators have been harvested in Louisiana for over 200 years. These alligators are harvested for their skins which are to make boots, shoes, belts, and saddles, and in years past their oil was used to grease steam engines and cotton mills. Their meat is also considered a delicacy.