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Side Trips from New Orleans Travel Guide

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New Orleans has never been a typical old Southern city. But look away to the west of town, and you can find the antebellum world conjured by the term Dixieland, which was coined here in the early 19th century. Anyone with an interest in the history of the Old South or a penchant for a picturesque drive along country roads should spend at least half a day along the winding Great

River Road, where the romantic ruins of plantation homes alternate with the occasional restored manor.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Take a swamp tour Get to know the wetlands surrounding New Orleans and Baton Rouge on a boat ride. The area is home to alligators, snakes, nutrias, and more.
  2. Visit quirky Abita Springs Head to the home of the Abita brewery for an afternoon day trip, and check out the Abita Mystery House museum.
  3. Jam to Cajun and zydeco music Ensembles of fiddles, accordions, and guitars produce eminently danceable folk music, with songs sung in a mélange of English and Cajun French. Zydeco, closely related to Cajun music, adds washboard and drums to the mix to create an R&B-infused jumping rhythm.
  4. Marvel at plantation homes Stately homes will have you reenacting your favorite scenes from Gone with the Wind; some are beautifully preserved, others in ruins alongside bayous, testifying to the clash between old and new.

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When To Go

Spring and summer are full of small-town, family-friendly festivals celebrating local food and culture. In late September and October temperatures c...

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