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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.
Located in Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Immaculate Conception Church and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. National World War II Museum and Jackson Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).
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 the waterfront, this spa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L Auberge Du Lac and L'Auberge du Lac Casino. Magnolia Square Shopping Center and Prien Lake Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located 1 block from the nightlife and restaurants of Bourbon St, the Dauphine Orleans Hotel is 2 blocks from the antique stores on Royal St., Canal St. and 1 mile from Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Woldenberg Park and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum are also within 15 minutes.
This 19th-century New Orleans hotel facing the Mississippi River is 3 blocks from Jackson Square, 5 blocks from the historic French Market, and 6 blocks from lively Bourbon St.
This 3-story New Orleans hotel is across the street from Louis Armstrong Park. This Best Western is 3 blocks from Bourbon St, and 7 blocks from the French Market.
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.