Louisiana Travel Guide
Popular 2023 Travel Destinations in the Bayou State
This website offers a tour of popular Louisiana destinations, interesting cities and travel attractions across the Bayou State.
Our travel guides feature over 60 travel destinaons and tourist attractions in Louisiana, plus special sections on Mardi Gras, Museums, and Swamp Tours.
Explore Acadiana, and take a leisurely road trip to St. Francisville, Pierre Part, and New Orleans.
Visit North Louisiana hill country tourist attractions in communities such as Shreveport, Monroe and historic Natchitoches.
Visit and Tour Cajun Country
Many residents in South Louisiana are "Cajuns", descendants of 18th-century Acadian exiles from what are now Canada's Maritime Provinces, while others are descended from various native American and nationalities.
Explore Cajun Country, and enjoy South Louisiana culture and attractions during stops in Acadiana cities and towns such as New Iberia, St.Martinville, Thibodaux, Breaux Bridge and Lafayette.
And learn more about Cajun Food and Culinary Tradtions and Cajun Music.
Map of Louisiana and Louisiana Parishes
Louisiana is positioned in the Deep South, between Texas and Mississippi, and south of Arkansas. The Gulf of Mexico defines the southern border of the state.
Louisiana stretches 130 miles east-west, and 379 miles north-south. It occupies 51,843 square miles. The highest point is Driskill Mountain, in north Louisiana, at 535 feet above sea level. The population of the state in 2020 was about 4.6 million residents. The state is divided up into 64 parishes.
The Great Atchafalaya Basin and Swamp
The Atchafalaya Basin is the nation’s largest river swamp, containing almost one million acres of the nation’s most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous and backwater lakes.
Meandering from near Simmesport southward past Pierre Part down to Morgan City and the Gulf of Mexico is the Atchafalaya River.
Louisiana's Atchafalaya Swamp
The Atchafalaya Basin is a unique combination of wetlands, bayous, marshes, estuaries, and river delta area.
It is often called "America's Wetland", and covers an area 20 miles wide and 150 miles long.
Louisiana Television Series
Louisiana is a popular setting and filming location for several hit TV shows. The stories and adventures of alligator hunters in Louisiana are told in the TV series "Swamp People" on the History Channel.
It's the dawn of a new alligator season in Louisiana, and another season of "Swamp People" on the History Channel. The series is filmed in towns such as Pierre Part and Pecan Island bordering South Louisiana bayous, the great Atchafalaya Swamp, and the Gulf of Mexico.
The History Channel debuted Season 14 of Swamp People on January 5, 2023, at 8/7C.
Acadiana is a vast region encompassing 22 parishes in French Louisiana in the southern part of the state.
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.
Louisiana covers an area of 51,855 square miles. It is bounded by Texas to the west, Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.
It is 31st among the states in size, and the 25th most populous.
The highest point in the state is Driskill Mountain in Bienville Parish, with an elevation of 535 feet above sea level.
Louisiana does not have "counties", but instead has 64 "parishes".
Louisiana offers a variety of hotels, motels, extended-stay suites, upscale inns, and other lodging.
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.
As the tallest state capitol in the United States, the building is 450 feet high with 34 floors. The cost to complete the building was a modest $5 million.
It is one of only four skyscraper capitols in the country and one of only nine capitol buildings that does not have a dome.
The architects of the State Capitol used symbolism throughout the design of this towering building.
Bayou Lafourche is a 106 mile long waterway which stretches from Donaldsonville, at the Mississippi River, to the Gulf of Mexico.
In the 1700s, French explorers may have traveled on this waterway as they staked claims in the coastal areas.
Acadians established the fishing and trapping legacy that remains in this heavily Cajun-influenced area today.
One of the most popular things to do for visitors to Louisiana is touring the swamps! Most tours are concentrated in South Louisiana.
In the greater New Orleans area, there are many swamp tour options in communities such as Marrero, Westwego, Braithwaite, Lafitte, Des Allemands and Laplace.
Others can be found in South Louisiana cities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Slidell and Thibodaux.
The American Alligator is the largest reptile in North America.
Many residents in Louisiana and visitors from 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.
New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana, and one of the most visited cities in the world.
It is the locale of the French Quarter and Canal Street, and features world-class hotels, B&Bs, and vacation rentals.
"The Big Easy" is located on curves on the Mississippi River, and also called "The Crescent City".