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As a onetime French colony, Louisiana has intermixed its European influence with indigenous roots to create a unique culture, language and atmosphere.
You’ll hear locals calling New Orleans “Nahlins” in a long, slow drawl. Listening to the mixture of southern accents is part of the fun of the visit to Louisiana. Food follows the accent. Enjoy French beignets, deep-fried pastries dusted with sugar, Cajun blackened catfish and Creole jambalaya, made with meat, seafood, rice and enticing spices.
Walk around New Orleans to see the different quarters. Some parts of the city are below sea level, protected from flooding by levees. Notice remnants of the damage in 2005 as waters were swept from Lake Pontchartrain by Hurricane Katrina.
Plan your visit to participate in Mardi Gras in February. Grab some colorful beads and a few bits of costume clothing and join in as multiple krewes put on parades winding through the streets of the French Quarter.
You’re bound to hear a rousing rendition of the city’s favorite song, When the Saints Go Marching In. New Orleans is one of the jazz capitals of the world, the home of Louis Armstrong and Harry Connick, Jr. Attend the Jazz & Heritage Festival in April/May.
At the Superdome watch the NFL football New Orleans Saints, winners of the 2009 Super Bowl. Enjoy the game, the very warm weather and a po-boy sandwich at the stadium.
See historic architecture at the state capital of Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River or stroll across the campus of Louisiana State University to watch great college football.
Go to Shreveport, near the borders of Texas and Arkansas, to enjoy golf, boating, fishing and casino gambling. Visit the Water Works Museum, the 8th Air Force Museum and the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.
Cajun Riviera, Grande Isle and the shores of Lake Charles offer beach activities. For a laid-back vacation, Louisiana offers both southern charm and seasonal excitement.
This hotel is in New Orleans in the French Quarter, a block from Bourbon Street and half-block to the business district. The hotel is in close proximity to the National World War II museum, Convention Center, and cruise ship terminals.
This historic Beaux Arts hotel in the heart of downtown New Orleans is .6 mi away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Harrah's Casino is 4 blocks away.
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel is in the center of the vibrant French Quarter, a 5-minute walk from the banks of the Mississippi. The bars of Bourbon Street, jazz at Preservation Hall, and St. Louis Cathedral are but minutes away, and some of New Orleans’ finest Creole restaurants are within a few blocks.
Situated on the waterfront, this spa resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Prien Lake Mall, Prien Lake Park, and Lafleur Beach. Imperial Calcasieu Museum is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.
This French Quarter hotel is directly on lively Bourbon Street, just 6 blocks from Jackson Square and 2 blocks from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.
This modern, 49-story smoke-free hotel is conveniently located on Canal St, where the restaurants and shops of the French Quarter meet New Orleans' bustling Central Business District.
Located on the Red River, this 23-story resort offers 24-hour gaming at a connected riverboat casino; the Shreveport Expo Hall and downtown are within 3 blocks.
Situated on a river, this spa resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Louisiana Boardwalk, R.S. Barnwell Memorial Garden & Art Center, and RiverView Hall & Theater. Riverview Park and J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).