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Bordered to the south by the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana is a mix of swampland and farm country as well as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Its capital, Baton Rouge, is home to the USS Kidd Navy destroyer, while its largest city, New Orleans, is famous for its colonial-era French Quarter and festive Mardi Gras, a raucous, city-wide party celebrated with a colorful parades, loud music and outlandish floats. Louisianans share an appreciation for the good things in life as well as an outspoken enthusiasm for their state’s Creole heritage.

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New Orleans

New Orleans is a vibrant, bursting-at-the-seams melting pot of a city that famously inspires indulgence. This is the place to eat, drink, listen...

Lafayette

Lafayette (pronounced lah-fay- ette ), with a population of about 120,000 (the largest city in Cajun Country), is a major center of Cajun life...

Baton Rouge

Hemmed in as it is by endless industrial plants, Baton Rouge may not look like much from the road. Yet government-history enthusiasts will want...

Opelousas

In the heart of St. Landry Parish, Opelousas is the third-oldest town in the state—Poste de Opelousas was founded in 1720 by the French as a...

St. Francisville

A cluster of plantation homes all within a half-hour drive, a lovely, walkable historic district, renowned antiques shopping, and a wealth of...

Breaux Bridge

During the first full weekend in May the Crawfish Festival draws more than 100,000 visitors to this little dyed-in-the-wool Cajun town on Bayou...

Eunice

As home to some of Cajun music's most prominent proponents and establishments, tiny Eunice lays claim to some heft within the Cajun music world...

New Iberia

The hub of lower Cajun Country is second only to Lafayette as an arts-and-culture draw. Grand homes of sugarcane planters dominate the residential...

St. Martinville

St. Martinville, along winding Bayou Teche, is the heart of Evangeline country. It was founded in 1761 and became a refuge for Acadians expelled...

Grand Coteau

The tiny village of Grand Coteau ("Big Hill") may be the most serene place in south Louisiana. Nestled against a sweeping ridge that formed...

Abbeville

Abbeville has a number of historic buildings and two pretty village squares anchoring the center of downtown. It's a good stop for pleasant...

Erath

The little town of Erath is a quintessential tiny Cajun village. ...

Abita Springs

Tiny Abita Springs, north of Lake Pontchartrain, is notable for three things: artesian spring water, Abita beer, and an oddball institution...

Avery Island

The Louisiana coastline is dotted with "hills" or "domes" that sit atop salt mines, and Avery Island is one of these. They are covered with...

Atchafalaya Basin

The Atchafalaya Basin is an eerily beautiful 800,000-plus-acre swamp wilderness, the storybook version of mystical south Louisiana wetlands...

Maurice

Maurice is considered the gateway to Vermilion Parish, and lies between Lafayette and Abbeville. Many overlook this small town, but it's worth...

Jefferson Island

Like Avery Island, Jefferson Island is actually a salt dome. ...

New Orleans

New Orleans is a vibrant, bursting-at-the-seams melting pot of a city that famously inspires indulgence. This is the place to eat, drink, listen...

Lafayette

Lafayette (pronounced lah-fay- ette ), with a population of about 120,000 (the largest city in Cajun Country), is a major center of Cajun life...

Baton Rouge

Hemmed in as it is by endless industrial plants, Baton Rouge may not look like much from the road. Yet government-history enthusiasts will want...

Opelousas

In the heart of St. Landry Parish, Opelousas is the third-oldest town in the state—Poste de Opelousas was founded in 1720 by the French as a...

St. Francisville

A cluster of plantation homes all within a half-hour drive, a lovely, walkable historic district, renowned antiques shopping, and a wealth of...

Breaux Bridge

During the first full weekend in May the Crawfish Festival draws more than 100,000 visitors to this little dyed-in-the-wool Cajun town on Bayou...

Eunice

As home to some of Cajun music's most prominent proponents and establishments, tiny Eunice lays claim to some heft within the Cajun music world...

New Iberia

The hub of lower Cajun Country is second only to Lafayette as an arts-and-culture draw. Grand homes of sugarcane planters dominate the residential...

St. Martinville

St. Martinville, along winding Bayou Teche, is the heart of Evangeline country. It was founded in 1761 and became a refuge for Acadians expelled...

Grand Coteau

The tiny village of Grand Coteau ("Big Hill") may be the most serene place in south Louisiana. Nestled against a sweeping ridge that formed...

Abbeville

Abbeville has a number of historic buildings and two pretty village squares anchoring the center of downtown. It's a good stop for pleasant...

Erath

The little town of Erath is a quintessential tiny Cajun village. ...

Abita Springs

Tiny Abita Springs, north of Lake Pontchartrain, is notable for three things: artesian spring water, Abita beer, and an oddball institution...

Avery Island

The Louisiana coastline is dotted with "hills" or "domes" that sit atop salt mines, and Avery Island is one of these. They are covered with...

Atchafalaya Basin

The Atchafalaya Basin is an eerily beautiful 800,000-plus-acre swamp wilderness, the storybook version of mystical south Louisiana wetlands...

Maurice

Maurice is considered the gateway to Vermilion Parish, and lies between Lafayette and Abbeville. Many overlook this small town, but it's worth...

Jefferson Island

Like Avery Island, Jefferson Island is actually a salt dome. ...

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