Louisiana has a rich, extraordinary history, exceptional seafood, wonderful music and a distinct culture. People can enjoy wetlands, swamps, plantations and bayous as well as a rich Cajun and historic Creole cultures. Please enjoy this sampling of Louisiana travel information.
Louisiana has a hot humid climate. It is advised that people bring light colored summer clothes when visiting this beautiful deep southern state. It is also wise to drink plenty of water to ward off any heat related illnesses.
In southern rural parts of the state it is not uncommon to hear people speaking French, however English is the main language in the area. The southern drawl is almost non-existent in the southern part of the state due to the French influence. The northern dialect may exhibit more use of southern colloquialisms found in other Deep South states.
Parks are abundant from Avery Island where you can find two hundred and fifty acres of subtropical jungle with many different kinds of wildlife. The Sicily Island Hills have dense forests with Louisiana’s beautiful Rock Falls. In this tranquil setting people can enjoy hiking, biking or bird watching.
In Gibson one can enjoy thirty acres of preserved swamp. Walking around on shady paths you can see bobcats, nutria, ostriches in cages and peacocks running free. Many have heard of Mardi gras in New Orleans, as well as the famous French Quarter. Enjoy Cajun or Creole food in fine restaurants as you meet interesting people and gaze a unique architecture.
Natchitoches, located in the northern central area has graceful historic French mansions, which line the Cane River. On the seventy-mile trip between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, people can view the beautiful plantations that stretch out for miles along the Mississippi River.
If traveling in late April, people can enjoy the Annual Battle of Jackson Crossroads Civil War Reenactment in Jackson. If the trip is planned correctly, visitors can stop at the encampment of Sutters Row where vintage tent stores with specialty items can be purchased, as well as cavalry demonstrations and drill competitions.
Jackson boasts of an amazing historic district, where there is a museum complex including the Baton Rouge Model Railroad Association, Centenary College, Milbank Historic House and much more. Enjoy wine tasting from local wineries and delicious food.
If fishing is a your passion, Brad Rabalais boasts rumors of a twelve-pound fish being caught on the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge. There is a City Park Big Bass Rodeo offered in New Orleans, which is the nation’s oldest freshwater fishing contest held every year at the end of March.
The Arna Bontemps Museum in Alexandra offers a yearly Kwanzaa celebration consisting of information on traditional African values. The word Kwanzaa means first fruits of the harvest and focuses on self-improvement. Kwanzaa is usually celebrated at the end of the month of December.
Tributes to Elvis and other artists can be found in Shreveport. People can see and enjoy historic homes, museums, art galleries, amazing scenery, unique wildlife and more. A myriad of Louisiana travel information can be obtained from the official state site of Louisiana.