Louisiana

Discover vibrant culture, jazz-filled streets and delicious culinary traditions

the Pelican state

The birthplace of jazz, Cajun cuisine, historic plantations and lush bayous.
Louisiana is a fascinating destination that welcomes visitors with its vibrant culture, rich history, and diverse landscapes. At the heart of it all lies the iconic city of New Orleans, renowned for its lively jazz music scene, delectable Creole cuisine, and colourful festivals like Mardi Gras. Explore the historic French Quarter with its charming architecture, bustling streets, and iconic landmarks such as Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral.

Venture beyond New Orleans to discover the state's natural beauty. Embark on a swamp tour to encounter alligators, herons, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Explore Louisiana's fascinating history by visiting plantation homes along the Mississippi River, where you can learn about the state's complex past and antebellum architecture. Explore Oak Alley, Houmas House, Whitney or Laura Plantation for an immersive experience.

In Lafayette, immerse yourself in Cajun culture, where Zydeco music fills the air and spicy cuisine tantalizes the taste buds. Visit the Acadian Village to learn about the region's Acadian heritage, or take a day trip to Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco sauce.

With its unique blend of history, jazz music, Cajun and Creole cuisine, historic plantations, swamps and bayous Louisiana invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Deep South where its endless beauty will feed your soul and inspire you!

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Louisiana. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Bourbon Street

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bourbon Street, the pulsating heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, is famed for its vibrant nightlife and historic charm. Stretching 13 blocks, it offers an eclectic mix of lively bars, jazz clubs, and Creole restaurants. Neon lights, street performers, and festive parades create an electrifying atmosphere both day and night. Visitors can experience the city's unique blend of culture, music, and cuisine, making Bourbon Street a must-visit destination for those seeking excitement and a taste of New Orleans' spirit.

Houmas House

Darrow, Louisiana

Stunning antebellum plantation, known as the "Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road." This historic estate features beautifully restored Greek Revival architecture, lush gardens, and a rich history dating back to the 18th century. Visitors can explore the grand mansion, enjoy guided tours, dine at on-site restaurants, and wander through 38 acres of picturesque gardens. Houmas House offers a captivating glimpse into the opulence and charm of the Old South. And good news - guests can stay on site at the Inn on Houmas House - check with Travel USA for more details.

Steamboat Natchez

New Orleans, Louisiana

Enjoy a charming and authentic river cruise experience on the Mississippi River with the Steamboat Natchez. This historic paddlewheel steamboat features live jazz music, delectable Creole cuisine, and great views of the city’s skyline and waterfront. Guests can explore the boat’s vintage design, visit the engine room, and enjoy narrated tours that highlight the river’s history and significance - a nostalgic journey that captures the essence of New Orleans' maritime heritage

Landry Vineyards

West Monroe, Louisiana

Landry Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard and winery offering a delightful escape into the world of Southern winemaking. Visitors can enjoy scenic views, guided tours of the vineyard and winery, and tastings of their handcrafted wines, including regional favourites like Blanc Du Bois and Blackberry Merlot. The vineyard also hosts outdoor concerts and events, creating a welcoming atmosphere for wine enthusiasts and families to relax and enjoy Louisiana's wine country charm.

New Orleans Tram Ride

New Orleans, Louisiana

Experience the charm of New Orleans with a historic tram ride through its vibrant streets. Climb aboard a classic streetcar and journey through iconic neighbourhoods like the Garden District and St. Charles Avenue, passing by majestic mansions, lush greenery, and bustling cafes. As the tram clangs along the tracks, immerse yourself in the city's rich history, diverse architecture, and lively atmosphere. The New Orleans tram ride offers a nostalgic and scenic way to explore the Big Easy.

USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial is a living tribute to American veterans. The USS Kidd, a WWII destroyer, serves as the centrepiece, offering tours that immerse visitors in naval history. Surrounding memorials honour veterans from various wars, paying homage to their sacrifices. The site provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the nation's military heritage while preserving the legacy of those who have served to protect freedom and democracy.

French Market

New Orleans, Louisiana

The French Market is a historic marketplace spanning six blocks in the heart of the French Quarter. Established in 1791, it offers a vibrant mix of local produce, crafts, souvenirs, and authentic cuisine. Visitors can stroll through bustling stalls, sampling Cajun and Creole delicacies, browsing unique handmade goods, and soaking in the lively atmosphere. With its rich cultural heritage and diverse offerings, the French Market is a must-visit destination for experiencing the flavour of New Orleans

Delta Music Museum

Ferriday, Louisiana

This Museum celebrates the rich musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta region. Housed in a historic post office, the museum features exhibits on influential musicians like Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, and Jimmy Swaggart, all Ferriday natives. Visitors can explore memorabilia, photographs, and interactive displays that highlight the region's impact on American music. The Delta Music Museum offers an engaging experience for music enthusiasts, honouring the legacy of Delta blues, rockabilly, and gospel.

The Cabildo State Museum

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Cabildo State Museum, set on New Orleans' iconic Jackson Square and located beside St. Louis Cathedral, is a vital historic site. It witnessed the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies in 1803. Today, it offers a rich array of exhibits detailing Louisiana's complex history, from colonial times through the Civil War and beyond. It showcases exhibits on Louisiana's history, featuring artefacts that illustrate the region's diverse cultural influences and pivotal events.

Ultimate Swamp Adventures

Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana

Take an exhilarating exploration of Louisiana's captivating wetlands. Visitors embark on thrilling airboat tours through the lush Atchafalaya Basin, encountering majestic wildlife and picturesque scenery along the way. With experienced guides leading the way, guests delve into the heart of this unique ecosystem, learning about its importance and preservation efforts. From alligator sightings to birdwatching opportunities, enjoy an unforgettable experience immersed in the beauty of Louisiana's swamps. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Mansfield State Historic Site

Mansfield, Louisiana

The Battle of Mansfield, fought on April 8, 1864, was a pivotal Confederate victory during the Red River Campaign of the American Civil War. Under General Richard Taylor, Confederate forces halted the Union advance led by General Nathaniel Banks. This battle prevented Union control of the Red River Valley, preserving vital supply lines for the South. Today, the Mansfield State Historic Site commemorates this significant battle with exhibits, reenactments, and preserved battlefield grounds.

New Orleans Jazz Museum

New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates the vibrant musical heritage of the city. Housed in the historic Old U.S. Mint building, the museum showcases the evolution of jazz through exhibits, instruments, and memorabilia. It offers a dynamic exploration of jazz's cultural and historical significance, featuring legendary musicians and their contributions. Through engaging displays and live performances, the museum preserves and shares the rich legacy of New Orleans' jazz culture with visitors from around the world.

Bayou Rum Distillery

Lacassine, Louisana

A renowned producer of handcrafted rum made from local sugarcane. Visitors can tour the state-of-the-art facility, learning about the distillation process and the history of Louisiana rum. The distillery offers tastings of their award-winning rums, including Bayou Silver, Spiced, and Select. With its commitment to quality and tradition, Bayou Rum Distillery provides an authentic and immersive experience in the heart of Louisiana’s rum country.

Experience Live Sport

New Orleans, Louisiana

Experience live sport - the American way! Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! Travel to New Orleans at the right time of year and you can catch the New Orleans Saints NFL team at the Superdome or the Pelicans NBA team at the adjacent Smoothie King Centre.  Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

Preservation Hall

New Orleans, Louisiana

Preservation Hall is a historic music venue in the French Quarter, a renowned venue for authentic jazz enthusiasts. Established in 1961, it embodies the city's jazz tradition. This intimate, no-frills space showcases seasoned musicians playing traditional New Orleans jazz, enchanting visitors with soulful melodies and vibrant rhythms. Its historic ambiance, dimly lit interiors, and unparalleled live performances offer an unfiltered glimpse into the heart of the city's musical heritage, making it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an unforgettable jazz experience.

Oak Alley Plantation

Vacherie, Louisiana

Oak Alley Plantation is an enchanting historic site renowned for its iconic row of grand oak trees leading to a Greek Revival mansion. This antebellum plantation offers guided tours that delve into the complexities of Southern plantation life, architecture, and the legacy of slavery. The captivating blend of natural beauty and historical significance makes Oak Alley a poignant destination for understanding the cultural layers of the Old South.

Shreveport Aquarium

Shreveport, Louisiana

Home to over 3,000 animals, the aquarium features diverse marine life from around the world, including colourful fish, sharks, rays, and jellyfish. Interactive exhibits and touch tanks allow visitors to engage with the underwater world. The Shreveport Aquarium provides educational programs and captivating displays, making it a perfect destination for families and marine enthusiasts which offers an immersive aquatic adventure.

Eddie G Robinson Museum

Grambling, Louisiana

The Eddie G. Robinson Museum celebrates his enduring influence on football and education, inspiring future generations. Located on the Grambling State University campus, it honours the legacy of the legendary football coach. Robinson, who led the Grambling Tigers for 57 years, became the most winningest coach in college football history. The museum features memorabilia, photographs, and exhibits highlighting his career, contributions to sports, and impact on athletes' lives.

Play Cypress Bend

Many, Louisiana

Nestled along the Toledo Bend Reservoir, Cypress Bend offers a picturesque golfing experience. This 18-hole championship course is widely recognised as the crown jewel of the Louisiana Audubon Golf Trail, featuring stunning lake views, rolling hills, and lush fairways. Designed to challenge players of all skill levels, it includes strategic water hazards and bunkers. With its scenic beauty and well-maintained greens, Cypress Bend Golf Course provides a memorable and enjoyable golfing adventure in the heart of nature.

Southern Food Museum

New Orleans, Louisiana

Celebrates the rich culinary heritage of the American South, showcasing the diverse flavours, traditions, and stories behind Southern cuisine. Through interactive exhibits, tastings, and demonstrations, visitors can explore the region's iconic dishes, ingredients, and cooking techniques. From soul food to barbecue, the museum offers a delicious journey through the history and culture of Southern cooking, highlighting its enduring influence on American food ways.

Laura Plantation

Vacherie, Louisiana

Located on the Great River Road in Vacherie, is a historic Creole plantation offering a unique glimpse into the lives of its residents. The guided tours explore the 1805-built "Big House," lush gardens, and original slave cabins, providing insights into the Creole culture and the plantation's history. Laura Plantation is renowned for its detailed storytelling, based on archival records and personal accounts, making it a captivating and educational visit for history enthusiasts.

St Louis Cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans is a historic resting place that encapsulates the city's rich cultural tapestry. Dating back to the late 18th century, it holds ornate tombs and mausoleums, including those of prominent figures like Marie Laveau. This sacred burial ground reflects New Orleans' distinctive burial practices and provides insight into the city's multicultural heritage. Guided tours offer an intriguing glimpse into the history, art, and spiritual significance of the cemetery. Pre-booking is highly recommended.

McGees Swamp Tours

Henderson, Louisiana

McGee's Swamp Tours, offers an immersive experience into the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin. Visitors can embark on guided boat tours through the lush, winding bayous, observing diverse wildlife including alligators, birds, and turtles. Knowledgeable guides share fascinating insights about the ecosystem, local culture, and Cajun heritage. With its serene landscapes and rich biodiversity, McGee's provides an unforgettable adventure into Louisiana's largest swamp and its natural beauty. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Mardi Gras World

New Orleans, Louisiana

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the city's famed celebration. This immersive attraction offers visitors a glimpse into the artistry and craftsmanship that go into creating the elaborate Mardi Gras floats and decorations. Guided tours showcase the intricate design process and history of this iconic event, giving guests the opportunity to experience the magic and creativity that bring Mardi Gras to life in a vibrant and interactive environment.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Featuring interactive exhibits and memorabilia, the museum honours legendary athletes, coaches, and sports contributors who have made significant impacts on Louisiana's sporting history. Visitors can explore displays highlighting achievements in football, basketball, baseball, and more. The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame offers an engaging experience for sports enthusiasts, showcasing the passion and achievements of Louisiana's athletic community.

Gators & Friends

Greenwood, Louisiana

Gators & Friends Adventure Park, offers an exciting blend of wildlife encounters and family-friendly attractions. Visitors can explore exhibits featuring alligators, exotic animals, and birds from around the world. The park also features zip lines, petting zoos, and interactive experiences like feeding the gators. With its focus on education and entertainment, Gators & Friends provides a fun-filled day for all ages, highlighting Louisiana's diverse wildlife and natural habitats.

The Roots of Music

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Roots of Music Cultural Sculpture Garden marks one of the entrances to Louis Armstrong Park. This dynamic outdoor space celebrating the city's musical heritage, showcases a collection of vibrant sculptures depicting iconic jazz musicians, brass bands, and cultural symbols. Visitors can wander through the lush greenery, admiring the artistry and history woven into each sculpture. The Roots of Music Cultural Sculpture Garden offers a captivating experience that honours New Orleans' rich musical legacy and artistic expression.

Old State Capitol Building

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Old State Capitol Building is a striking Gothic Revival landmark overlooking the Mississippi River. Completed in 1852, it served as the state's seat of government until 1932 and is renowned for its distinctive cast-iron dome and ornate architecture. Today, the building houses a museum that explores Louisiana's political history, featuring exhibits, artefacts, and interactive displays. The historic significance and architectural beauty make it a notable attraction in the capital city.

National WWII Museum

New Orleans, Louisiana

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is a premier institution dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of World War II. It offers immersive exhibits, personal narratives, and artefacts that highlight the global impact of the war. Through engaging displays, interactive experiences, and educational programs, the museum honours the sacrifices made and the triumphs achieved during this pivotal period in history.

Tabasco Factory

Avery Island, Louisiana

Visitors can explore the 150-year-old legacy of this iconic hot sauce. Guided tours offer a firsthand look at the pepper sauce production process, from harvesting to bottling. Guests can visit the pepper greenhouse, view historic artifacts, and sample a variety of Tabasco products. The factory tour culminates with a visit to the Tabasco Country Store, where visitors can purchase exclusive sauces and merchandise.

St Louis Cathedral

New Orleans, Louisiana

The St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans stands as an iconic symbol of the city's rich history and spiritual heritage. As the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States, its stunning architecture and three spires grace Jackson Square. A testament to New Orleans' French and Spanish influences, the cathedral's beauty and significance make it a revered landmark, drawing visitors to experience its religious and cultural importance within the vibrant cityscape.

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