Side Trips from New Orleans Travel Guide


Plan Your Side Trips from New Orleans Vacation

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.


Side Trips from New Orleans Hotels

Some of the handsome antebellum mansions along River Road are also bed-and-breakfasts, allowing visitors to roam the stately... read more

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Side Trips from New Orleans Restaurants

Part of the considerable charm of the region west of New Orleans is the Cajun food, popularized in the 1970s and early... read more

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Side Trips from New Orleans Experiences

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    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,... Read more

  • Alligators Up Close: Louisiana Swamp Tours

    The bayous, swamps, and rivers of south Louisiana's wetlands present a tantalizingly unfamiliar landscape to many visitors, and the best... Read more

  • Cajun and Zydeco Music

    It's 9 am on a typical Saturday morning in the Cajun prairie town of Mamou, and Fred's Lounge is already so full that people are spilling... Read more

  • Evangeline

    In all of Acadiana, St. Martinville is the spot where you can sense most vividly the tragic aspect of the Cajun story, whether in the tiny... Read more


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