Louisiana Travel Guide
Popular Travel Destinations in the Bayou State
Explore Louisiana destinations and take a virtual tour to experience the many interesting cities and travel attractions that the Bayou State has to offer.
View our extensive list of Louisiana festivals for 2017 showcasing the state's music, food, history and culture.
Learn more about this fascinating state ... from Alligators and Gumbo, to Swamps and Zydeco!
Today's Louisiana Travel Highlights
We are now into 2017, 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 popular area destinations including Breaux Bridge with its Crawfish Festival, St. Martinville, Lafayette, Morgan City, New Iberia along beautiful Bayou Teche, and Henderson.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
And make your plans now for Mardi Gras on February 28, 2017. Parades and events are held not only in New Orleans but across the state, from Lafayette to Alexandria, from Mamou to Shreveport, and many towns in between.
Louisiana on Reality TV Shows
Louisiana is a popular setting and filming location for 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 our visits to some of the show's filming locations in South Louisiana towns such as Pierre Part and Pecan Island bordering the bayous, the great Atchafalaya swamp, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Season 8 of Swamp People debuts on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Season 11 of Duck Dynasty premiered in November of 2016 on A&E. This is reportedly the last season for Duck Dynasty, with the final episode to air April 12, 2017.
Louisiana Swamp Tours
Visitors to Louisiana often experience the Bayou State firsthand, by touring the swamps!
In the greater New Orleans area, there are many swamp tour options in communities such as Marrero, Westwego, Braithwaite, Lafitte, Des Allemands and Laplace.
Read more about swamp tours in South Louisiana.
YOUR Louisiana Trip!
We also have maps of popular towns included, local things to do, festivals, 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 soon!
Acadiana is a vast region encompassing 22 parishes in French Louisiana in the southern part of the state. It stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to 100 miles inland, and covers 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 Canada's Maritime Provinces.
Explore cities and towns like Lafayette, St. Martinville, New Iberia and other exciting destinations in Acadiana.
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 around the state, e.g., West Feliciana Parish around the St. Francisville, Kent House in Alexandria, and Melrose Plantation near Natchitoches.
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).
With some 400 different festivals each year, it’s easy to see why Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America.
We celebrate just about every crop harvested, every indigenous dish, and every type of music that's played here.
Throughout the year, music, food, history and holidays inspire festivals and events of all sizes throughout Louisiana, from north to south, east to west.
From the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge in South Louisiana, to the Peach Festival in Ruston to the north, there is a festival for everyone!
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.
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.
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.
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. Swamp tours, alligator tours, alligator parks, and nature tours cater to tourists in Louisiana.
Alligators have been harvested for over 200 years for their skins made into boots, shoes, and belts. Their meat is also considered a delicacy.