Louisiana Travel Guide

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Louisiana is probably most well-known because of New Orleans and the annual Mardi Gras celebration that millions of people flocked to every year from around the world. But the state itself is an amazing place that blends a variety of cultures and people together into an intoxicating blend of nearly-Mediterranean way of life that almost seems removed from the typical American break-neck pace. Louisiana is extremely laid back, and between the Cajun food, the blues and jazz music, and the amazing people, you won’t want to leave when your trip is up.

Louisiana is broken into two distinct types of environments. The southern part of the country is a vast open landscape of marshes and swamplands, as well as beaches and barrier islands along the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. The northern section of the state is woodlands and prairie, with a wide variety of rivers and waterways. The overall climate of the state is fairly humid, with summers being notoriously long and hot. The state gets hit by hurricanes every year, with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 being one of the worst natural disasters in American history, the remnants of which have still not quite been shaken off by residents of the state.

Southern Louisiana has a very large Cajun population, with French being spoken by many residents. The food…well, let’s just say the food is like nothing else you've ever experienced. If someone says they're serving you Cajun food, and you aren’t eating it in southern Louisiana, then you aren’t really eating true Cajun food. The heat and flavor will knock your socks off.

Between Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, or Lafayette, there are plenty of cities to explore within Louisiana, and there are also several national parks and 19 state parks, including 16 state historic sites. The history of the state goes back hundreds of years, and exploring the entirety of the state will take several trips at the very least.

New Orleans #1 most popular location
Fighting off the demons of recent times with a combination of indomitable community spirit and a shared love of local superstar Lil Wayne, New Orleans is fast overcoming the dark days of hurr…
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Baton Rouge #2 most popular location
Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and is located in the southeast portion of the state along the Mississippi River. It owes its location and historical importance to its site upon Istro…
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Lafayette #3 most popular location
Lafayette is the fourth largest city in Louisiana. The city was founded as Vermilionville in 1821 by a French-speaking Acadian named Jean Mouton. In 1884, it was renamed for General Lafayett…
63travelers 4reviews 3blogs
Shreveport #4 most popular location
Shreveport is the third-largest city and the principal city of the third largest metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Louisiana, as well as being the 99th-largest city in the United States.…
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Lake Charles #5 most popular location
Lake Charles is a decent sized city of just under 74,000 (up 2% since 2000) located along Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish in Southwest Louisiana. It is also on the shore of a couple of lake…
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Bossier City #6 most popular location
Bossier City is a medium city with all services. Located in NW Louisiana on the Red River, Bossier has good casinos.
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Kenner #7 most popular location
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Alexandria #8 most popular location
Alexandria is a small city of about 48,000 (up 5% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 49, U.S. Highways 71, 165, and 167 and Louisiana Highway 1 in Rapides Parish in Central…
8travelers 3reviews 2blogs
Metairie #9 most popular location
Metairie is a quiet little burb of NOLA -- book your hotel here for great savings.
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Slidell #10 most popular location
Slidell is a medium town with services very nearby where I 10 and I 12 meet up again on the eastern part of the state. Drive east on interstate and you will soon be in Mississipy.
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Natchitoches #11 most popular location
Natchitoches is one of my favorite towns in Louisiana. Natchitoches has a fairly stable population of about 18,000 located near Interstate 49 in West Central Louisiana. Both the city and the …
4travelers 7reviews 3blogs
Ruston #12 most popular location
Ruston is a city in and the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1] The population was 20,546 at the 2000 census. Ruston rests on the eastern border of the Ark-La-Tex and …
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Kinder #13 most popular location
Kinder is a small town of about 2,000 population in southwestern Louisiana. It is home to the largest Casino in the state, the Coushatta Casino Resort which includes Koasati Pines, a dynamic…
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Hammond #14 most popular location
Hammond is a medium town with services. It is a comfortable stop on I 12 about halfway between Baton Rouge and Slidell. I was always in a hurry there and grabbed good fast food there; but I f…
6travelers 2reviews
Monroe #15 most popular location
Monroe exhibits the classic definition of small town with a small town feel. It is kept active and pulled along into real time by two things; the local university, and it being the corporate …
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West Monroe #16 most popular location
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New Iberia #17 most popular location
New Iberia is a town of about 31,000 (down 5% since 2000) located along US Highway 90 and a number of Louisiana Highways along the banks of the Bayou Teche in Southern Louisiana. New Iberia w…
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Port Allen #18 most popular location
Port Allen is a river front community on the west bank of the Mississippi river just west of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The registered historical places in Port Allen include: Aillet House, …
Harvey #19 most popular location
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Gretna #20 most popular location
Gretna is a decent sized town of about 18,000 (up 2% since 2000) located along U. S. Highway 90 and the Mississippi River just across the river from New Orleans in Jefferson Parish in Southea…
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Laplace #21 most popular location
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Denham Springs #22 most popular location
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Morgan City #23 most popular location
Morgan City is a town of about 13,000 population along the Atchafalaya River in southern Louisiana. Do not drink the water in Morgan City cuz of chemical contamination.
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Vacherie #24 most popular location
Vacherie is a very small community along the west bank of the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana. Oak Alley Plantation is located here.
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Scott #25 most popular location
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Saint Francisville #26 most popular location
Saint Francisville is a small community of about 2,000 founded in 1809. It is said to be "two miles long and two yards wide". Home of the Myrtles Plantation. Supposely one of the most ha…
2travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Abbeville #27 most popular location
Abbeville is a very pleasant town of about 12,000 (up 4% since 2000) located at the intersection of US Highway 167 and several Louisiana Highways, in Vermillion Parish in Southwest Louisiana.…
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Franklin #28 most popular location
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Galliano #29 most popular location
Galliano is a small town of 7700 (up 7% since 2000) located along Louisiana Highway 1 (the Great River Road) and Louisiana Highway 308 in LaFourche Parish in Southern Louisiana not far from t…
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Chalmette #30 most popular location
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Pearl River #31 most popular location
Pearl River is a small town with limited services just north of the I 12 and I 10 confluence in the far east part of the state.
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Venice #32 most popular location
Many #33 most popular location
Many is a small town on LA 6 and US 171 with some services. I drove through Many many times on my way to Natchitoches or on my way to I 49 on my way to Florida. Be careful coming into Louisia…
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Florien #34 most popular location
Florien is a small town located 95 miles south of Shreveport Louisiana and 35 miles west of Natchitoches Louisiana. It 8 miles east of Toledo Bend Lake. It is know for the Freestate Festival,…
3travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Westwego #35 most popular location
The City developed around the Mississippi River, the Westwego canal that once connected with the river through locks, Bayou Segnette, and the swamp and marshes south of the city that connecte…
Eunice #36 most popular location
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Gramercy #37 most popular location
Mandeville #38 most popular location
Mandeville is a small town just north of New Orleans, It's is right on the water of Lake Ponchetrain which is so large you can not see to the other side.
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Abita Springs #39 most popular location
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Broussard #40 most popular location
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Ponchatoula #41 most popular location
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Belle Chasse #42 most popular location
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Avery Island #43 most popular location
Ferriday #44 most popular location
Marthaville #45 most popular location
Anacoco #46 most popular location
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Chatham #47 most popular location
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Hackberry #49 most popular location
Independence #50 most popular location
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