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NOBODY DOES IT BETTER

Everything tastes better in Louisiana
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Good food is found everywhere in Louisiana. Ask any visitor—or resident for that matter—what they like the best about this state, and they will say those two things. But while it’s our reputation for tasty cuisine and musical genius that gets travelers here, it’s visitors’ experiences that keep them coming back for more. MORE

UNBEATEN PATHS

Louisiana’s Scenic Byways
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A great way to travel and experience Louisiana is by its unbeaten paths. Avoid the Interstate and instead take quiet, two-lane highways that snake through Louisiana’s diverse natural settings and connect interesting small towns, charming downtowns, locally-owned shops and stereotypical Mom-and-Pop eateries. MORE

LOUISIANA TRAVELERS FIND AN ABUNDANCE OF MUSIC

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If rich history and world-acclaimed cuisine are the head and heart of Louisiana, music is its collective soul. Signature Louisiana sounds can be found in both urban centers and rural countrysides, from grand concert halls to obscure roadside honky-tonks. Offerings vary, from the state’s indigenous jazz, Cajun and zydeco music to its musicians’ notable contributions to the history and evolution of American blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll. MORE

STIMULATING SIGHT AND SMELL

Louisiana's Botanical Gardens offer native and exotic species in a variety of settings
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Louisiana’s subtropical climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico gives the state extended periods of warm weather and mild winters, creating an ideal environment for gardens. Spring is the best window for experiencing the sights and smells of the state’s flora. MORE

CAJUN CULTURE EXPERIENCES

A crash course in Cajun culture and history
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Whether your Louisiana vacation is a three-day weekend, a weeklong leisure adventure or free time tacked to a business trip, enjoy this crash course in Cajun culture and history so you can revel in seeing, doing, hearing and tasting those things found only in Louisiana. MORE

THE LOUISIANA BREWERY TRAIL

Don't leave without sampling our craft beer.
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One would expect a state as passionate about cuisine as Louisiana to be equally passionate about how to wash it down. And like its world-acclaimed food, Louisiana is ready to share its homegrown beverage of choice—craft beer—with the world. MORE

LOUISIANA ESSENTIALS. THE FOOD

Like our music, good food is found everywhere in Louisiana.
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When I’m on the road with travel journalists from around the world, I field a sea of questions about Louisiana. From general questions about the state’s history and the culture to specific ones about our music, swamps, the Mississippi River, alligators, Cajuns, the French Quarter, the antebellum plantations, movies and reality shows filmed here—you name it, I’m asked it. One frequent question that always makes me chuckle is “How do you stay so lean living here?” I’ll admit, it’s not easy. MORE

PLANTATION COUNTRY

Three homes newly opened - others add exhibits and amenities
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One of the most popular activities for Louisiana travelers is visiting antebellum plantation homes. The grand structures amaze visitors with stunning architecture, elaborate furnishings and tales of life and livelihood in Louisiana prior to the Civil War. MORE

BY THE REGION

Ten Perfect Places to Paddle Louisiana
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Louisiana is about 52,000 square miles and about 15 percent is water—inland lakes and swamps, coastal marshlands, scenic small rivers, canals and bayous (slow moving streams). The best way to experience Louisiana’s waterways and the animals and plants that call them home is by canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Here are some ideal places to paddle your way throughout the state. MORE
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