Couple canoeing alongside cypress trees on Lake Martin
Quintessential New Orleans architecture on Royal Street in the French Quarter
Cruising on the Atchafalaya Basin with McGee's Louisiana Swamp & Airboat Tours in Henderson
Riding the St. Charles Streetcar Line in New Orleans
Making music at the Blue Moon Saloon
Brass musicians playing during the Krewe of Cork Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans
Oak Alley Plantation, a historic estate in Vacherie
Dancing to live music near Jackson Square in New Orleans' French Quarter
An American alligator, one of the state's most iconic animals
A spread of Cajun dishes and a cold beer at the Acadian Superette in Lafayette
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Feed your soul with Louisiana’s one-of-a-kind food, music and culture
Only In Louisiana
From brass to bayous, po’ boys to pralines, and jazz to jambalaya – there’s a lot to experience in Louisiana. Come for sights, sounds and flavors you won’t find anywhere else in the world and what locals call, “joie de vivre” – the joy of life. This is a place where strangers become friends on every step of your journey. Experience exciting swamp excursions, unique museums, fascinating historic sites, great craft breweries, peaceful state parks, charming accommodations and more can’t-miss spots.
Tour New Orleans, famously known at the Big Easy, and feel the history and charm of the French Quarter. Grab one of Café du Monde’s famous beignets, listen to ghost stories, hear riffs of jazz and smell authentic Creole cuisine wafting through the air. Head to the Lafayette area, also known as “Cajun country” and take to the dance floor at local dancehalls. Let loose to live Zydeco music and get taste of Cajun cuisine once you’ve worked up an appetite.
For outdoors enthusiasts, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is an ideal spot for a swamp tour adventures. A plethora of captains are waiting to share their insights into this fascinating region. There’s no better way to explore the mysterious and beautiful Atchafalaya Basin than to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. For a different kind of excitement, enjoy Las Vegas-style entertainment at the flashy casinos in Lake Charles down south and Shreveport up north. Ready for a road trip? Get your fill of bustling cities, quaint small towns and everything in between along the state’s culinary trails and scenic byways.
Endless Reasons to Celebrate
This is a state that knows how to throw a good party, the most-anticipated event of the year – the world-famous Mardi Gras – is only one of the many excuses to celebrate. Only in Louisiana are there more than 400 fairs and festivals throughout the year dedicated to the state’s history, culture and favorite things like music and local delicacies. Every festival in Louisiana is as original as the community that organizes it – but no matter what, each festival is sure to be full of good food, good music and good times.
New Orleans is the birthplace of multiple cocktails. Try America's first cocktail – the Sazerac – at The Roosevelt, a Vieux Carré at the spinning Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone, a French 75 at Arnaud's or a Grasshopper at Tujague's.
Mardi Gras is more than one day in one city – it is a season celebrated statewide, and every corner of Louisiana celebrates in its own way – from boat parades and pet parades to chicken chasing to pink flamingos. You won’t find any two Mardi Gras celebrations that are alike.
The ascension of Elvis Presley’s musical career began at the Louisiana Hayride, a recurring radio-broadcast concert series at Shreveport, Louisiana’s downtown municipal auditorium in 1954.