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    Cane River Creole National Historic Park

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 23, 2016

    This national historic park preserves a series of plantations along the Cane River south of Natchez, LA. There are two main plantations, Oakland and Magnolia open for tours, they preserve the life of both the plantation owners and the slaves who lived on the plantation.

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    Poverty Point National Monument

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 23, 2016

    This archaeological site was once one of the largest pre-columbian cities in North America. Built and inhabited from 1650 to 700 BC by the Mississippi mound building culture, the prime feature of the site are the large ceremonial mounds.

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    Shreveport

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 23, 2016

    Set in Northern Louisanna, Shreveport is known mostly for its casinos. However it has quite a bit more to offer with bike trails, museums and other unique attractions like Chimp Haven. Shreveport is definitely worth a visit.

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    New Orleans

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 23, 2016

    One of America's most unique city's, New Orleans is steeped in French Creole culture and is the birthplace of Jazz music. It's a definite must see sight in the US with enough to keep a visitor busy for weeks.

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    VISIT BOURBON STREET AND ENJOY THE MUSIC

    by DennyP Written Oct 10, 2011

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    Even if you are just passing through this great city of New Orleans everybody wants to stop and enjoy the life in Bourbon Street ...That amazing centre of this City of New Orleans that has been written about in so many songs and featured in so many movies..
    I have always wanted to visit this city and I was not dissapointed..although it was just after "Hurricane Katrina" and the scene was a lot quieter the people, the food, the beverages, and above all the music was absolutely fantastic..so much so I can't wait to return again..

    JOIN IN THE FUN AND DANCE ON BOURON STREET THE LOCAL COLOUR IS EVERYWHERE JAZZ , BLUES AND ZYDECO MUSIC ON BOURBON STREET SOME TYPICAL LOVELY COLOURFUL LOCAL ARCHITECTURE PLAYING  WITH THE ZYDECO BAND IN THE
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    The First Step: Louisiana Visitor's Center

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Upon entering any state by car, I like to visit the Welcome Center, which is always helpful in getting the information you will need to enjoy the state.

    Having family in Waskom, TX right on the Louisiana Border makes it nice for me to stop in and get the information, although it took me almost 2 years to actually stop in.

    There are visitor's centers on each of the 4 major highway enterances on I-20 and I-10.

    You can also order this information before you arrive.

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    Shreveport/Bossier City's Casinos

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are an avid gambler, or someone who enjoys seeing a nice show and dinner, Shreveport's Casino district is the place to be.

    Several of the big named casino chains have branches here on the Red River, including Horseshoe, Hollywood, Isle of Capri, and Boomtown!

    Acts from Willie Nelson to Cher all appear here, so go out and have a great time in Shreveport!

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    Louisiana State Capitol

    by tompt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It began as the dream of Huey P. Long,governor of Louisiana. And it was a very daring thought to build such a big State Capitol Building during the 1930s.
    The New Louisiana State Capitol was completed after 14 months in March 1932. The cost to complete the building was $5 million.
    In 1935, the Louisiana State Capitol Building was the site of Huey P. Long's assassination. Long was buried on the grounds with his statue facing the Capitol.

    It is the tallest state capitol in the United States. (450 feet high with 34 floors)
    It is an artdeco masterpiece.
    The architects used symbolism everywhere in the building. Where the tower rises at the 22nd floor four winged figures guard the corners and they represent Law, Science, Philosophy and Art.
    The staircase at the entrance has one step for each of the 48 states, listed in the order of their admittance to the Union. (Alaska and Hawaii were added to the top step when they were made states.)
    Louisiana's state symbol, the pelican, decorates many places in the building.
    There is an observatory at the 27th floor from where you can overlook Baton Rouge at a height of 350 feet.

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    Pet the Shark - he likes it.

    by aemaya Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I try to go everytime I'm in New Orleans. It's definitely the best aquarium I have ever seen. I'd pay just to see the jellyfish. They have no heart, no blood, and no brain. Yet they live. Coming from a med geek like me, I could stare at them for hours thinking "But you are just some cells! With no direction, rhyme, or reason!" I imagine this is why they just float around. Oh well. I've had days like that.

    The walk-through aquarium is breathtaking. Last time, we caught it during feeding time. That action was straight out of National Geographic. Make sure to pet the live shark and to visit Spot, the albino alligator.

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    Rural Life Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 29, 2010

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    This museum contains a large collection of material culture of 19th century Louisiana, and also houses artifacts dealing with everyday rural life up to the early 20th century. It is largely staffed by the Louisiana State students. It was the brainchild of Steele Burden who was a landscape architect and whose family home "Windrush" is nearby and can also be visited. Various different buildings from different areas in Louisiana have been collected collected here. There was a schoolhouse, a store (photo 2), a dove cote (photo 5), slave cabins, an overseer's house, a church, etc. In 1970-72, six buildings were moved in – the Overseer’s House, Blacksmith Shop, Schoolhouse, and three cabins.

    Our admission as seniors was $6.00 each. There was a film. First we looked at the actual museum part which included some funeral carriages with a couple of cast iron coffins.

    I met Bob in the graveyard (which was just markers from other places kind of scattered around) and he said "I might have known I would find you in the cemetery". (photo 4)

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  • Bocage Plantation -- NOW OPEN

    by BBanek Updated Dec 5, 2010

    Dear River Road Travelers,

    Bocage Plantation has officially opened its doors to the public for tours and Bed & Breakfast. Listed on the National Historic Register, Bocage has become a living museum without the usual ropes and stanchions that do not allow guests to feel 19th Century living at its finest. Furniture by famous makers like Mallard, Meeks, Roux, Querville, and many others are available to the overnight guests to use and enjoy. Guests have commented “you mean I actually get to sleep in a Mallard bed?” The answer is a resounding “yes”, and we want to know if we have made it as comfortable as you might want. Breakfast is served on Limoges China in the Napoleon Dining room, with sterling silver flatware. We have spared no expense to make your stay memorable and relaxing. The landscaping is being restored to the grandeur of the 19th Century by famous landscape architect Dr. Neil Odenwald.

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  • Natures wonders near New Orleans

    by DianeDevine Updated Aug 21, 2010

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    There are numerous things to keep you busy. Just north of New Orleans lies Lake Pontchartrain and the greater northshore communities where nature is bountiful. Enjoy a swamp tour (Honey Island Swamp Tours)in Slidell, or if you want to venture out on your own, there are walking trails in the Honey Island Wildlife Refuge (state) or the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)both just north of Slidell and in neighboring Picayune MS is a lovely Arboretum to meander through. West of Slidell in LaCombe is the Big Branch NWR with a nice center and some weekends they do free boat tours. (Contact them through the NWR website) Abita Springs on to the west is a quaint little town settled due to the mineral spring water, interesting little area with a Carnivorous plant trail. And then south of Abita is the Nature Center great trails there too.
    Mississippi beaches would be about 1 1/2 hour drive - scenic route would be to take US 90 through the marshes of the Pearl River and through the little towns of Bay St. Louis and Waveland (ground zero for Katrina) enjoy the bay or head on 10 more minutes to the gulf. By the end of Nov. the waters will be to chilly to swim but you could still enjoy the gulf breeze.

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    Shreveport

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Shreveport was named after Miller Shreve who was commission to come into the area and clear a 165 mile log jam that had formed along the Red River (which was known as the "Great Raft''). This opened up the river to allow more settlers, traders and steamboat traffic to move down. A lot of the first settlers were from the Carolinas and were mostly a blend of Scot-Irish, English, German and Welsh. Shreveport and Bossier City are two of the South’s most popular gaming spots with at least 5 casinos, that I know of. They are also home to many museums and is the cultural, convention and entertainment centre of Ark-La-Tex. If the great outdoors is more your line then you will find some great fishing in the lakes and rivers in the area.

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    Natchitoches

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Natchitoches was originally founded by the French somewhere around 1699 as an outpost on the Red River to trade with the Spanish in Mexico. Trading became successful with area Indians and so a trading post was established at the head of navigation on the Red River near a village of Natchitoches Indians. The Downtown Historic District covers a 33-square block and features more than 50 historic homes and buildings. The brick main street is lined with wrought iron laced buildings, large stately oak trees, and of course, magnolias, the state flower of Louisiana. Dotted around the parish are 18th and 19th century structures with some dating back as far as the American Revolution when Natchitoches was occupied by the Union army during the Civil War.

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    Natchez

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    The village Natchez was the last home of the Natchez Indians after they were defeated by the French in Mississippi. Natchez is located in Natchitoches Parish just south of Natchitoches town between Natchitoches and Alexandria along Highway 1 near the Red River and Lake Nantaches. The area is known for the plantations built there when Cotton production took hold.

    There are many in the area – 'The Oakland' has been called 'The most beautiful plantation home in the Natchez area' by Sam Wilson who is a noted New Orleans architect. There is a lot of history attached to Oakland as well as the slave who was born and raised at Oakland in 1880 who bought the plantation and prospered as a practicing doctor and surgeon, selling the best moonshine whiskey during Prohibition as well.

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