Visiting Louisiana is a journey through time and place to when wealthy Creoles controlled the portages across the French Quarter, riverboats traveled the mighty Mississippi, and man continues to fight a continual war against water. It’s known as the ‘Bayou State’ because the largest river in America (Mississippi) drains into the largest swamp (Atchafalaya Basin) and ultimately reaches the ocean in a complex system of 16 different river deltas. All this water creates a unique way of life for the port city of New Orleans, where goods are portages across a thin strip of land to Lake Pontchartrain to bypass the treacherous river delta, to isolated Cajun communities living deep in the swamp.

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US Dollar

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Summer Winter
New Orleans 47 92
Baton Rouge 91 43
Shreveport 93 38

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Louisiana is between mid-February to early May and from October to December. The state receives temperate weather throughout the year with a few humid weeks. The most popular event in Louisiana is the Mardi Gras festival which takes place on any day from mid-February to early March.


Fun Facts

  • Louisiana is named after King Louis XIV of France
  • Louisiana is home to the world’s largest bridge over a body of water. Known as the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the bridge is roughly 24 miles long
  • In New Orleans, fire engines must stop at a red light even in the case of emergency
  • Louisiana is the only state in the country with ‘parishes’ instead of counties
  • Louisiana is known as the birthplace of jazz

Bucket-List Activities

  • Ride on the St. Charles Streetcar (New Orleans)
  • Take a stroll down Oak Alley Plantation (Vacherie)
  • Festival International de Louisiane (Lafayette)
  • Ride on an airboat (Atchafalaya Basin)
  • See the Saints play in the Superdome (New Orleans)
  • Bike the Tammany Trace (Covington to Slidell)

Natural Wonders

  • Toledo Bend (Anacoco)
  • Backbone Trail in Kisatchie National Forest (southwest of Alexandria)
  • Breton Wildlife Refuge (New Orleans)
  • Seven Sisters Oak (Mandeville)
  • Chicot Lake (Ville Platte)
  • Avery Island (Iberia Parish)
  • Atchafalaya River Basin (Lafayette)

Major Attractions

  • French Quarter (New Orleans)
  • National WWII Museum (New Orleans)
  • Vermillionville Historic Village (Lafayette)
  • Jean Laffite National Historical Park and Preserve (Marrero)
  • Honey Island Swamp Tour (Slidell)

Native Foods

  • Crawfish (look for fresh crawfish boils in the springtime and early summer)
  • Red beans and rice (the secret to baby’s back)
  • Beignets (deep-fried pastry)
  • King Cake (Mardi Gras pastry, bonus points if you find the baby king)
  • Muffaletta Sandwich (invented in 1906 at Central Grocery Co, but the best one is up for debate)
  • Gumbo (meat or seafood stew)
  • Boudin Sausage (a pork and rice Cajun sausage)
  • Po’boy Sandwich (a New Orleans original of mysterious origins)
  • Sno-ball (the shaved-ice dessert, not the cream-filled chocolate cake)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • Laissez les bon temps rouler – Let the good times roll
  • Pinch the tail and suck the head – The proper way to eat crayfish
  • Dressed – Getting lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayo on your po’boy
  • Fais-do-do – Literally, to go to sleep, but in reality, a Cajun dance party
  • Gris gris – A voodoo curse or an amulet/talisman that supposedly brings good luck or keeps bad luck away.
  • New Orleans / Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY ✈✈✈✈) – The Big Easy
  • Baton Rouge/ Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR ✈✈) – The capital city, Geaux Tigers!
  • Shreveport  / Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV ✈✈) – Home to oldest continuously operated African-American family-owned restaurant in the United States
  • Lafayette  / Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT ✈✈) – Deep in the heart of Cajun country
  • Alexandria  / Alexandria International Airport (AEX ✈✈) – The geographic center of the state
  • Monroe / Monroe Regional Airport (MLU ✈) – The largest city in northeast Louisiana
  • Lake Charles / Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH ✈) – Louisiana’s playground
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