10 Places of Interest in Louisiana
According to Electronicsmatter, the Cajuns and New Orleans are Louisiana’s well-known attractions. The Acadians were French settlers from Novia Scotia. They were driven out by the English in 1755 and eventually ended up in French Louisiana. Their descendants are known as Cajuns, a corruption of Acadian. Through chef Paul Prudhomme, the world got to know Cajun cuisine and through Mulate’s in Beaux Bridge, Cajun music suddenly became a craze. Even New Orleans expanded its music scene with cajun and zydeco, with accordions and fiddles. In addition to Cajun, there is also Creole cuisine, the distinction is difficult to determine.
The Garden District is a tight-knit, cozy, and family-friendly place in Uptown New Orleans. It is a short drive or streetcar ride from the French Quarter, Central Business District and the universities further uptown. The boundaries of the Garden District are St. Charles Avenue to the north, First Street to the east, Magazine Street to the south, and Toledano Street to the west. It is home to a handful of the city’s best restaurants, world class and many popular attractions such as Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. A number of movies have been filmed within the boundaries of the Garden District and it is home to a number of celebrities, including actors, athletes and writers.
3. Frenchman Street
Ready to see or hear the real New Orleans? Just a short walk from the French Quarter, head to Frenchmen Street for the highest concentration of New Orleans’ best live music. Don’t let the lack of neon lights fool you; behind those simple wooden signs and dark windows that cover the 500 and 600 blocks of French, you’ll find some of New Orleans’ most storied music venues alongside boisterous newcomers.
4. Lafayette cemetery
The City of New Orleans owns and operates six municipal cemeteries: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, Carrollton Cemetery No. 1 (also known as Green Street Cemetery), Carrollton Cemetery No. 2 (also known as St. Mary’s Cemetery), Valence Cemetery, and Holt Cemetery. With nearly 500 wall vaults, the cemetery has a rich history of some of the earliest settlers from Ireland and Germany. Some of the most famous people are buried at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 are Mayfair Witches, Lafayette and Jefferson fireman.
Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and very much worth a visit. Nicknamed the “Red Stick”, Baton Rouge is home to more than 300 years of history, much of which can be tasted in the delectable food, seen in the unique architecture, and learned through the unique arts and culture scene. Enjoy southern hospitality at its best at one of the luxury hotels for a relaxing trip after exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer. Located near the mighty Mississippi River, the capital has views for the perfect vacation for you, your friends and your family!
6. Mardi Gras
Mark Twain once wrote that a traveler “…has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.” Of the hundreds of Louisiana festivals, none surpasses Mardi Gras. Spectacular parades, incredible costumes, music, dance, food, drink – take your pick of places to enjoy and enjoy. The largest celebration takes place in New Orleans, but nearly every community in the state has its own version of the annual celebration.
Poverty Point is a collection of prehistoric earthworks from the Poverty Point culture in the US state of Louisiana.
Now an almost forgotten culture, at its peak 3,000 years ago, Poverty Point was part of a vast trade network that stretched hundreds of miles across the continent. It was – and is – also an engineering marvel, the product of five million working hours. Explore the culture of a highly sophisticated people who left behind one of the most important archaeological sites in North America.
8. New Orleans
Find live music year round, great Creole and Cajun food, fresh seafood, farmers markets, shopping, nightlife and more. During the Mardi Gras season, the city becomes the center of the world. Downtown turns into a playground for adults, while parades in residential areas provide thrilling entertainment for kids.
Known as one of New Orleans’ most recognizable landmarks, Jackson Square is a National Historic Landmark in the center of the French Quarter. The 2.5-acre space welcomes more than 2 million visitors and locals each year and hosts a number of city events and celebrations, weddings and photo sessions. Jackson Square has even served as a backdrop for a number of popular feature films and television shows. The monument takes its name from the bronze statue of Andrew Jackson that stands in the center of the square.
10. The Bayous
A bayou is a slow-flowing creek or swampy part of a river or lake. They are usually found in flat areas where water collects in large water basins.
Louisiana is famous for these swampy areas. Whether you’re interested in photography or a wildlife adventure, your visit wouldn’t be complete without one of a thrilling airboat ride! About a 25 minute drive east of Lafayette you can find Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours, here you can do a Swamp tour with an airboat.