Louisiana Travel Guide

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Louisiana Highlights

  • Pro
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    Helga67 says…

     New Orleans, Cajun Country, antebellum and plantation houses, swamp tours 

  • Con
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    BRIZBOMB says…

     when you come home, all our food sucks. 

  • In a nutshell
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    BabyBoomerTraveler says…

     Everyone should spend at least a few days in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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New Orleans

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4198,7269,306

Baton Rouge

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281,568,68

Shreveport

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126,210,37

Lake Charles

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49,110,24

Lafayette

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111,155,50

New Iberia

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47,141,12

Monroe

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80,137,12

Natchitoches

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80,160,20

Avery Island

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14,55,0

Morgan City

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13,60,7

Alexandria

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31,39,25

Saint Francisville

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24,67,6

Mandeville

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32,54,1

Covington

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22,67,15

Sam Houston State Park

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11,12,0

Slidell

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21,71,22

Fort Polk

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10,10,0

Chalmette

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17,74,1

Bossier City

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22,46,25

Algiers

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14,79,0

Metairie

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6,7,21

Port Allen

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2,23,9

Kenner

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8,10,15

Vacherie

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12,60,4

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Reserve

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15,32,0

Sabine National Wildlife Refuge

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9,12,0

Breaux Bridge

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8,23,9

Saint Martinville

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12,56,2

Abita Springs

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12,51,2

Holly Beach

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2,2,0

Leesville

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17,13,5

Gonzales

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16,1,8

Prairieville

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5,5,1

Marksville

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11,0,1

Pearl River

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11,17,2

Kinder

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1,4,12

Gretna

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3,3,5

Pierre Part

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1,1,0

Natchez

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19,22,0

New Orleans

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  • Bourbon Street

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Bourbon Street is the core of New Orleans' nightlife. It is a street that runs the length of the historic French Quarter, and is lined with bars, nightclubs, and souvenir shops. For parents traveling with children - beware - there are also a number of strip clubs along Bourbon Street that are not discreet in their advertising. Bourbon Street has...

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  • Omni Royal Orleans

    New Orleans Hotels

    the omni royal orleans is located between royal and chartres streets in the heart of the french...

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  • Cafe du Monde

    New Orleans Restaurants

    Everybody wants to try a beignet here and rightly so. Café Du Monde is large and open 24 hrs so there really is no excuse. But be warned - three beignets are enough for two - we bought three more to take home and eat later. Still good, but not the same. In April 2013, two café au laits and six beignets cost under $12. Great place to people watch...

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Baton Rouge

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  • State Capitol

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    the old state capitol is a very interesting building to visit in downtown baton rouge. in 1847 the louisiana state capitol was moved from new orleans to baton rouge. the new state capital was built on the site of the "red pole" (baton rouge) which was once a native american settlement. this "castellated gothic" building was designed by james...

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  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Baton Rouge...

    Baton Rouge Hotels

    $95 in December 2013. This is a pretty nice looking hotel with an indoor pool, nice rooms, and a hot...

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  • laura plantation

    Baton Rouge Off The Beaten Path

    laura plantation was originally owned by andre neau in 1755 and is an excellent example of a creole plantation. the raised creole plantation house was built in 1820. in 1891 laura locoul sold the plantation to florian waguespack and designated in the deed that the plantation was to be forever called "laura". laura plantation has an interesting...

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Shreveport

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  • Historic Oakland Cemetery

    Shreveport Off The Beaten Path

    On the very edge of Shreveport's business district by the Municipal Auditorium is the old Oakland Cemetery, resting place of Shreveport's pioneers for over 150 years. It is not that well known (which is why I have listed it as off the beaten track) but it is the city's oldest and arguably most important landmark. After we visited Oil City, we ate...

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  • Eldorado Resort Casino

    Shreveport Hotels

    One of the reasons Shreveport is a hot spot to visit in the South is that in Louisiana, gambling is...

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  • Get a Great Sandwich!

    Shreveport Restaurants

    McAlister's is famous around the country for having some of the best sweet tea. Although I prefer my tea without sugar added, I will admit, that the unsweetened tea is just as good.I also have enjoyed every single one of the sandwiches I have been served there!

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Lake Charles

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  • Hurricanes

    Lake Charles Warnings and Dangers

    Lake Charles is not exactly ON the Gulf Coast but is still close enough to get some bad damage from hurricanes when they hit the area. You may see signs warning of damage caused by these hurricanes. Please pay attention to them. I heard someone got hurt on this pier because they did not heed the warnings.

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  • La Quinta Inn & Suites

    Lake Charles Hotels

    1201 W. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Meet the Locals

    Lake Charles Things to Do

    As always, one of the highlights of a visit for me is meeting the locals. This is my new friend John, an Acadian whose family has lived here for quite a while. John is a fine Southern gentleman.

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Lafayette

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  • Swamp Tour Lake Martin

    Lafayette Things to Do

    Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours- I couldn't imagine a better tour guide than Bryan! What an Amazing guy, so full of knowledge about the swamp and all the wildlife that live there. Such a beautiful landscape to tour, not at all what I imagined when I heard the term 'swamp'! We were a small group of six but managed to see quite a few alligators on our...

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  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Lafayette South

    Lafayette Hotels

    This newer facility provided two nights of much needed rest during our recent road trip. We loved...

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  • Outlandishly Good Gumbo!

    Lafayette Restaurants

    We wanted to sample a taste of the local cuisine, but a) were traveling with our doggy pal, and b) weren't excited about paying the prices we were seeing on the menus of the better-known local Cajun and seafood places. Nancy had noticed a rustic-looking little place a block from the cathedral, so we decided to check this one out, too.Serendipity...

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New Iberia

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  • Spanish Moss in the Live Oak trees.

    New Iberia Things to Do

    When we first saw this stuff hanging from the big trees, I thought it was some sort of moss, lichen, plague, a virus, a parasite killing all the beautiful trees. I think I felt this because I know how destructive vines on some trees can be, and although I new this stuff wasn't a vine, I didn't know what it was, as I had never seen it close up...

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  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New...

    New Iberia Hotels

    318 West Highway 90 Frontage Road, New Iberia, Louisiana, 70560, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The Evangeline Theater (Sliman Theater)

    New Iberia Things to Do

    As we walked along the road, we saw some beautiful old buildings, and some pretty new buildings build to fit in with the old, but The Evangeline Theater was something else. I don't know what it is that was about this building that made you want to just look at it, as I am not normally into buildings and architectural sites. Maybe it was the Art...

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Monroe

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  • A wee bit of Ameri-Irish

    Monroe Restaurants

    When I travel, I try my best to eat at local restaurants, because it gives you a taste of the area. Unfortunately, when you get into a town late at night, and do not have any trusted advisors, it is time to get a meal from a chain location. Since we were in restaurant row, we decided to eat at Bennigan's.I had the chicken salad, and Sarah went with...

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  • Comfort Suites Monroe

    Monroe Hotels

    1401 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Monroe, Louisiana, 71202, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife...

    Monroe Things to Do

    This is another beautiful must see. Cannot imagine Monroe have some many nice Bayou. The existing refuge consists of pristine wetlands associated with a 1600-acre, shallow, cypress-studded lake, riparian areas, and reforested farm fields in the watershed. The area provides excellent habitat for wetland-dependent fish and wildlife such as waterfowl,...

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Natchitoches

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  • Great Seafood and Steaks

    Natchitoches Restaurants

    A good alternative to The Landing, especially if you do not want to go downtown, is The Mariner's. It has a widely varied menu with chicken, pasta, seafood and great steaks using the best Angus Beef. Sit on the patio and look out on Lake Sibley.

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  • Hampton Inn Natchitoches

    Natchitoches Hotels

    5300 University Parkway, Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71457, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • A Natchitoches Tradition

    Natchitoches Restaurants

    The Landing is a bar and grill located on Front Street looking out on the Cane River. This is considered THE place by locals and those who visit frequently. The atmosphere is comfortable/down home with dark wood and ceiling fans. The service was efficient and friendly. Highly recommended. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM Tuesday through Sunday; closed on...

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Avery Island

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  • A red-hot time, only one dollar!

    Avery Island Things to Do

    On my way east on a scenic route from Lafayette to New Orleans, I stumbled onto signs for Avery Island, which is where Tabasco is made. It was only a short detour. You literally have to cross a toll bridge to the island itself, which is actually a salt dome that the proprietors believe may be the size of Mt. Everest. No motorcycles are permitted,...

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  • Salt and Natural Gas

    Avery Island Favorites

    under constructionThere is a toll booth to the island - Bob was surprised to have to pay 50 cents toll although I had told him about that. It's called an environmental fee. When we were there, you could take tours of the salt mines, but they no longer give those tours. It is now leased to Cargill.

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  • Learn about Tabasco

    Avery Island Things to Do

    The museum itself was very interesting. We saw how the TABASCO® peppers were picked and handled, and learned about the history of the company. You can even do some of this tour on-line now.The seed peppers are still grown on Avery Island, but the production peppers are now grown in South America because there is no longer enough space on the...

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Morgan City

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  • Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet

    Morgan City Things to Do

    In 1960, we came over to Morgan City on a Sunday for the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet. It was the 23rd Blessing of the Fleet that they had in Morgan City. Back then, they had the decorated boats motoring up and down in the river in front of the city docks. I went up on the bridge and walked half way out to take photos. In the early days of...

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  • Hampton Inn & Suites Morgan City

    Morgan City Hotels

    6365 Highway 182 East, Morgan City, Louisiana, 70380, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Morgan City Oil

    Morgan City Things to Do

    Morgan City lays claim to the first offshore oil rig that produced oil out of the sight of land Nov. 14, 1947 -- The oil well was brought in by Kerr-McGee in the Gulf of Mexico about 45 miles south of Morgan City in the Ship Shoal Block 32 Field, marking the birth of the offshore oil and gas industry.This model (which has Christmas lights on it...

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Alexandria

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  • Former Air Force Base is now the...

    Alexandria Transportation

    This plane is the Brazilian-produced Embraer RJ145, and serves this airport and Houston IAH several times a day. Here are technical specs of the plane: http://www.continental.com/Travel/inflight/aircraft/erj145.asp

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  • Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria

    Alexandria Hotels

    6124 West Calhoun Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana, 71303, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Heart of Spain

    Alexandria Things to Do

    In September 2003, a magnificent exhibit came to the Alexandria Museum of Art called the Heart of Spain. The city was celebrating its period of Spanish heritage by displaying these amazing works by the Spanish masters. There was a huge media hype because the city of Alexandria seemed an unlikely place for these priceless world-famous treasures to...

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Saint Francisville

Mandeville

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  • Mandeville, Big Branch, Lacombe -- good...

    Mandeville Off The Beaten Path

    I have a lot of content on my personal web site, http://peachfront.diaryland.com that tells of the birds you can find in Mandeville, especially Fontainebleau State Park in eastern Mandeville, and a bit more about Big Branch and Lacombe, where you may find the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. You do not have to be a rarity seeker to find nesting...

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  • Oakwood At Botanica

    Mandeville Hotels

    100 ST ANN DRIVE, Mandeville, LA 70471

  • Bats Bats Bats

    Mandeville Off The Beaten Path

    Go to Lake Pontchatrain at dusk and look up. Wait patiently, but you will soon see bats swooping overhead. Once or twice they might even come as low as your head! Don't be afraid though, they cant hurt you. They are exciting to watch. To tell the difference between the bird and the bat is that bats dont have a long tail, and they have a frantic,...

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Covington

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  • Awesome comfort foods with a twist

    Covington Restaurants

    The place is a relatively narrow building and it feels very much like a little hole in the wall. We discovered this little gem by recommendation. They insisted it was the best Mac & Cheese in town. It is absolutely wonderful. It was one of the few foods my grandfather was happy to eat in his last days. The people were incredibly friendly; they even...

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  • Country Inn & Suites Covington

    Covington Hotels

    130 Holiday Boulevard, Covington, Louisiana, 70433, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Food from the Caboose

    Covington Restaurants

    While looking around downtown Covington towards the Trailhead I came up a lonely caboose attached to a building. It was interesting and my curiosity got the best of me. I snapped a photo before leaving and thought I would research it once I returned home. Upon further investigation I found that this caboose is actually the kitchen for a local...

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Sam Houston State Park

  • Sam Houston Jones. . .It's For the Birds

    Sam Houston State Park Favorites

    Apart from the raccoons, skunks and oppossums that might appear in the park's confines, the birds are quite familiar with the area waterways. Ducks, herons, egrets, pileated woodpeckers and several other species are common throughout the park. Please observe caution with wild animals however. Check with park personnel on regulations governing the...

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  • Nature Center

    Sam Houston State Park Favorites

    In the middle of the park is the Nature Center (check at the office for operating hours). Besides the relics of rural life so prevalent among such centers, the center gives a snapshot of the park in general: its wildlife, its trees and natural resources and its rivers. Just behind the center in an enclosed compound is the park's deer pen, but the...

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  • Local Fishing

    Sam Houston State Park Favorites

    Fishing is permitted within the park with proper permits. The website declares that fishermen have walked away from the area with "fine catches" of white perch, bream and bass, but locals tell a different tale. A local power plant has apparently corrupted the water of the Calcasieu River, and warnings within the park ask the fishermen to reduce...

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