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.
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This French Quarter hotel is located on a quiet residential street just 2 blocks from Bourbon Street and within walking distance to Jackson Square, the French Market, and many famous New Orleans attractions.
Situated on a river, this hotel is in the same area as Audubon Zoo, Lakeside Shopping Center, and New Orleans Museum of Art. Area attractions also include Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
This 21-story New Orleans hotel is 1 mile from Jackson Square. The French Quarter, Riverwalk Marketplace, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, and Aquarium of the Americas are 3 blocks away.
Located in the heart of Shreveport, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of R.S. Barnwell Memorial Garden & Art Center and Louisiana Boardwalk. Red River District and RiverView Hall & Theater are also within 5 minutes.
This historic hotel opened in 1886 and is 1 block from Bourbon Street, 4 blocks from Jackson Square and Harrah's Casino, and within walking distance of the famous restaurants and jazz clubs in the French Quarter.
Overlooking the Mississippi River, this 29-story New Orleans hotel is adjacent to Harrah's New Orleans Casino and the lively French Quarter, and within 0.5 mile of artsy Jackson Square and the French Market.
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.
Dominating its corner of the French Quarter, this twin-tower hotel looms over Bourbon St, 2 blocks from Aquarium of the Americas, and 4 blocks from the boutiques and restaurants of Riverwalk Marketplace.