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Planning for a trip to the United States? Don't worry, plan your trip first. No matter where you go, don't forget to include the must see Louisiana attractions in your itineraries. Being one of the most sought after destinations in the New Orland region, the state not only appeals to nature lovers, but also looks appealing with magnificent historical prodigies and plush cities. Whether you are busy capturing the queer lifestyle of the wildlife in the natural parks or is dieing to party around in the scintillating bars or pubs, the must see places in Louisiana have an unique charm that can be only grasped by the one who has an eye for beauty or probes deeper into Louisiana's history.

When To Visit Louisiana?

Best time to visit Louisiana is October and May.

What Is The Weather Like In Louisiana?

The weather is Hot and Humid in Summer and Mild and Moist in Winters.

Which Places To Visit In Louisiana?


You can start from anywhere depending on your interest. For me it would always be the nature parks and the gardens.


  1. The Grand Isle and the Queen Bess Island:

    It is an absolute masterpiece if you are looking for pure and untouched pulchritude. Located south of New Orleans, a visit to this must see Louisiana site is vividly exciting, owing to the beautiful views. A home to the Pelicans, other beautiful birds and awe-striking natural vistas, it is a worthy place for naturalists to unveil the beauty that lies beneath overgrown wildness.


  2. Jean Lafitte National Park and Reserve:

    The awesome sceneries of the park and the unconventional beauty of the jungle will leave you benumbed for a moment. The endless marshy lands, ponds swarmed with alligators, forests populated with oak groves and Cyprus swamps, titillates excitement. What more? You can even dive into the wild interiors of the Atchafalaya Basin and Mississippi Delta to behold some of the rarest jungle habitats.


  3. Gulf Islands National Seashore:

    Capture the unusual beauty of the Gulf Islands National Seashore that is home to sprawling sea beaches and enchanting islands. Plan a voyage to the southwest part to feast your eyes with other natural must see places in Louisiana. The arduous and marshy pathways of the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, the grazing fauna at the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge and the spectacle of the Cameron Prairie, will strike the core of your heart.

  4. River Town Museums:

    It hoards family entertainment scopes to the Adubon Zoo that still restores some of the best savannas of Africa, the Australian Outback and the Louisiana Swamp, you mustn't miss any of these tourist destinations in Louisiana. Apart from this, the spine-tingling excitement at the Adubon Aquarium of the Americas will direct you to the Caribbean Coral Reefs and the marine beings in their prime. Louisiana overtly welcomes you to glance into its artistic legacy at the Musee Conti Wax Museum, the UCM Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, which are all must see places in Louisiana. The thrilling Cajun Critters Swamp Tour, the tantalizing New Orleans Swamp Tour and the traditional semblance of the French Quarter in New Orleans, are amazing places you must see.


  5. Breaux Bridge Crawfish:

    Location: In Parc Hardy in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, USA, and about 10 miles east of Lafayette.
    Best Time to Visit: First full week-end of the month of May every year.
    How to Reach:
    Air:
    If you are coming down by air, you need to land at Lafayette Regional Airport (IATA Code: LFT, ICAO Code: KLFT). A number of airline operators including American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Northwest Airlines ply regular flights to this airport from most of the major US cities.
    Car:
    If you are coming down here by car from other parts of USA, you need to follow the following routes.
    • From the North: Take I-49 South to I-10. Go to east on I-10 and take Exit 109 to reach Breaux Bridge.
    • From the South: Take I-10 east from Highway 90 and take Exit 109 at Beaux Bridge.
    • From the West: Take I-10 East. Take Exit 109 to reach Breaux Bridge.
    • From the East: Take I-12 West from I-10 West to bypass New Orleans and rejoin I-10 West in Baton Rouge. You can also continue with I-10 West to go through New Orleans as well. After passing Baton Rouge, take Exit 109 to reach Breaux Bridge.
    Entry Fee: $5.00 to $10.00 every day, or $15.00 for all three day.
    Nearest airport: Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT)

    Come the first full weekend of May, and the banjos go strumming, the fiddles join in and the beer bottles tingle in harmony. Come the first weekend of May, and all roads go down South — Louisiana Bound. Come the first full May weekend and the ovens are heated up, the crawfishes dressed, and the best Southern cooking hands get busy — it is time, after all, for the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival — the time for song, dance and merriment non-parallel. Breaux Bridge Crawfish festival is nearly fifty years old now, and its popularity is steadily increasing with every passing year.

    Breaux Bridge, a city in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, has been known world-wide as the “Crawfish Capital of the World” since 1959 when the Louisiana Legislature officially designated the place as "la capitale Mondiale de l'ecrevisse".

    In the very next year (1960), the famous Crawfish Festival started in Breaux Bridge which immediately got huge popularity not only among the Americans, but also among the people of abroad. Since its inception, Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has been successful in bringing out the true essence of the Cajun heritage. Organized every year in the very first weekend of May, Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival becomes a celebration of life in south Louisiana with a wide variety of activities including games, rides, arts & crafts, Cajun music, cooking demonstrations and of course, the biggest attraction of the event — thousands pounds of crawfish.

    One can find crawfish in its every form in Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. You can check out a wide variety of crawfish dishes here in this festival. Also is there even crawfish eating contest. Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is also the place for the famous Cajun musicians. Here you get the opportunity to listen to some of the most authentic Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop music. More than 30 bands perform in this festival. In 2009, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival will be organized from May 1 through May 3.

    Activities in Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
    Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is the event that can be enjoyed in as many ways as one wants to. Be it the variety of crawfish, various cuisines, contents, games, music or any other means — you can enjoy this festival in your own style.

    Cuisine:
    As the name of the festival suggests, crawfish has to be one of the most dominating factors in Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Many visitors go gaga over a wide variety of cuisines made up of crawfish, which are available in the festival. Fried, boiled, bisque, boudin, in an íétouffíée — you will find the crawfish dishes in its every possible way.

    Music:
    This festival is one of the largest concentrations of renowned Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp pop musicians. More than 30 bands come here to perform on the three stages that are set during the festival.

    Cajun & Zydeco Dance Contests:
    If you want to learn a few new steps with Cajun and Zydeco music and want to find out how competent you are in that, you must go for the Cajun or Zydeco dance competition. Just fill up the registration form and submit it with the necessary fee ($10.00 for each competition — it may change from time to time). You can pay by cash, check, or through Visa/Mastercard. You can also mail the form to BBCF office.

    Crawfish Races:
    This is a race of numbered crawfishes which compete to win the race with the skillful help from their registered owners on an 8” circular target. In order to compete in the race, one needs to complete the registration form and submit it with the necessary fee ($5.00 or may change from time to time). You can pay by cash, check, or through Visa/Mastercard. You can also mail the form to BBCF office.

    Crawfish Eating Contest:
    In this competition, all competitors have to eat boiled crawfish as much as they can in the stipulated 45 minutes. The contestant who can consume maximum fish (measured by the weight of the boiled crawfish) wins the contest. The competition is organized in the Heritage Tent and is open to all.

    Crawfish Etouffíée Cook-Off:
    This contest is organized to find out who can cook the best dish. The showmanship displayed by the competitors is also quite interesting to see. In order to participate in the competition, you need to fill up the entry form and submit it with the necessary fee ($25.00 or may vary from time to time) by checks. You have to mail it to BBCFA office.

    For more information on Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, one can always log on to the official website:
    Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Office (BBFC)
    P.O. Box 25
    Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Ph: +1-337-332-6655
    Fax: +1-337-332-5917

    Admission
    You can purchase for single day or for all the 3 days. The price of the ticket for the second day remains a bit higher than the other two days. One can get a discount of admission fee if he buys ticket in advance for all the 3 days. Only cash payment is accepted at the gate.

    One can also purchase tickets in advance from the office and also from the Official Crawfish Festival Souvenir Shoppe, located at Precious Past, 125 South Main Street, Breaux Bridge, LA. You can also order your ticket over phone by using Visa/Mastercard. For this, you need to call at +1-337-332-6655.

    In 2009, the prices of tickets have been fixed as below:

    1st May, 2009: $5.00 daily
    2nd May, 2009: $10.00 daily
    3rd May, 2009: $5.00 daily
    Advance 3 Day Pass: $15.00

    Accommodation
    It is strongly recommended that everyone needs to book their accommodation well in advance if they wish to visit Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Visitors have the options to choose from two different kinds of accommodation available there. There are a number of hotels available in Breaux Bride and the surrounding areas, including Henderson, St. Martinville and Lafayette.

    RV/Camping:
    You also have the option to stay at the Festival RV Camping area which is located across the street from the festival grounds in various locations.

    Martin Chevrolet: +1-337-332-2132
    Old Edgar Ford Parking Lot: +1-337-394-5658
    Walmart Parking Lot: +1-337-371-7525
    Convenience Store/Gas Station in Winn Dixie Parking Lot: +1-337-962-7374
    Farmers & Merchants Bank Location: +1-337-332-3418


Festivals in Louisiana


  1. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival:

    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    Time of the Festival:
    1st Weekend: April 24, 25 and 26, 2009
    2nd Weekend: April 30, May 1, 2 and 3, 2009
    How to Reach:
    Air
    New Orleans is served by the Louis Armstrong International Airport. All major airliners operate regular flights from all parts of the US to New Orleans. There are a number of international flights as well. American and United offer special discounts in their flights for Jazz Fest travelers. You can use the airport shuttle or hire cars and cabs to take you to the Jazz Fest venue from the airport. If you have already booked a packaged accommodation, the hotel provides for transportation to and from the Jazz Fest venues to the hotel, as well as airport pick and drop facility.
    Bus
    Ride to the Big Easy from your hometown on a Grey Hound bus. There are buses available from all major American cities to Central New Orleans.
    Train
    You can reach New Orleans on a Amtrak train. The journey is wonderful and is a great way to get yourself prepared for the festival.
    Cruise
    You can reach New Orleans on a themed Mississippi cruise. Sail through the cradle of American folk music, it is bound to be a wonderful experience.
    Entry Fee:
    Tickets:
    1st Weekend Single Day Tickets (April 24, 25 or 26)
    Advance Adult Ticket: $40 (valid only for a single day)
    Gate Price: $50
    Child's Ticket (children between the age of 2-11): $5 (same advance and gate price)
    1st Weekend Discount Ticket Package (April 24, 25 and 26): $105 (at the rate of $35 per day)
    These tickets are limited in number and are better booked in advanced from www.ticketmaster.com.
    2nd Weekend Single Day Tickets (April 30, May 1,2 and 3)
    Advance Adult Ticket: $40 (valid for a single day)
    Gate Price: $50
    Child's Ticket (children between the age of 2-11): $5 (same advance and gate price)
    2nd Weekend Discount Ticket Package (April 30, May 1,2 and 3)
    Advance Adult Ticket: $140 (at the rate of $35 per day)
    These tickets are limited in number and are better booked in advanced from www.ticketmaster.com.
    You can also buy the special passes in advance like the Big Chief VIP Experience, The Grand Marshal VIP Pass and the Krewe of Jazz Fest.
    All tickets can be bought online at www.ticketmaster.com, or be procured from all Ticketmaster outlets. You can also buy tickets in person from the Louisiana Superdome Box Office (Gate A, Ground Level) or the New Orleans Arena Box Office. The rates are subject to additional service charge and handling charges. You can also call at (800) 745-3000 for additional information and bookings.
    Nearest airport: Louis Armstrong International Airport, New Orleans
    Nearest rail station: New Orleans

    It a lazy, hazy, crazy summer day of 1970, and Mahalia Jackson — the undisputed queen of Gospel - was back home in New Orleans. She was at the Beauregard Square (presently Congo square) with the grandmaster of swing, Duke Ellington attending the nascent Jazz festival at her hometown. The Eureka Brass Band was blowing hot on the bandstand, and George Wein of Newport Fest fame, the mastermind behind the event, was lurking close behind. Not one to loose on an opportunity of impending drama, Wein handed Jackson the microphone and sho 'nuff, she was soon singing with the band comping their hearts out. The spirit of the festival was born — music came a full circle in New Orleans — heritage met Jazz, and the route to the Fest's glory was charted out. There was no looking back from that point onwards.

    The New Orleans Jazz Festival has always been a huge and historic event that is held close to the hearts of music lovers, in keeping with its reputation as one of the prestigious Jazz and heritage festivals in the world. In prestige, it is unequaled. After all, New Orleans the universally accepted musical cradle in the US — particularly Afro-American music and other forms of ethnic music. Be it Jazz, spirituals, gospels, blues, zydeco, Cajun: New Orleans, more than any other place, has always been at the forefront. As a result, the organizational infra-structure presently is much more expansive than what it was even a decade earlier.

    Contemporary Jazz gets an opportunity to get show-cased at the Jazz Tent, and the Gospel singers find their home gorund at the Gospel Tent. Cajun and zydeco have always been important musical genres in the largely Creole dominated New Orleans society. The Fais Do-Do Tent is exclusively devoted to the Cajun and zydeco forms of music. The purists find the Economy Hall Tent close to their heart, as it presents traditional New Orleans style Jazz being played there. Of similar ilk is the Jazz and Heritage stage, which presents both New Orleans brass bands and Mardi Gras Indians.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is never a problem in New Orleans during the Jazz-Fest weekends, provided you book well in advance. Remember that there is immense crowd at New Orleans during this time, and the city almost bursts in its seams because of the sheer volume of visitors who arrive here from all parts of the world and North America. However, if you book your hotels in advance, you are likely to get great discounts. Some of the most popular hotels of New Orleans are Best Western French Quarter Landmark, Astor Crowne Plaza, Bienville House, Bourbon Orleans, Chateau Dupre, Embassy Suites, Doubletree New Orleans, Hilton New Orleans St. Charles and Riverside, La Quinta Inns & Suites Downtown, Le Pavilion, New Orleans Marriott and Omni Royal Crescent. However, there are plenty more hotels in New Orleans and all of them provide great rates during festival time. You are advised to check out the hotel websites for accommodation and availability related information.

    New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2009 is going to be bigger than ever before. The line-up itself is great and formidable and feature the best exponents from a wide range of musical fields. Some of the top draws will be Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kings of Leon, Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, Erykah Badu, Sugarland and Joe Cocker. To get into the festival arena and watch the performances of your favorite artists, you can buy daily tickets at the gate or book them in advance. Apart from the daily tickets and the package weekend tickets, there are a number of entry options for you at the Jazz Fest 2009. You can also choose from among the following special options:

    Big Chief VIP Experience:

    The best way to experience the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The tickets are, however, limited and are sold on a first come first serve basis. The following facilities are given to the ticket holders:
    • Daily Admission to the Jazz Fest
    • Access to VIP viewing stands
    • Access to Private VIP Hospitality Lounge
    • Special Reserved On-Site Parking
    • Jazz Fest Program Guide
    Rates:
    1st Weekend - $850; $1000 (with daily reserve parking)
    2nd Weekend - $800; $1100 (with daily reserve parking)

    The Grand Marshal VIP Pass:

    Exclusive access to a golden circle viewing environment at the three main stages: the Acura Stage, The Gentility Stage and The Congo Square. Watch your favorite artists up front.
    Rates:
    1st Weekend - $550; $700 (with daily reserved parking)
    2nd Weekend - $600; $800 (with daily reserved parking)

    Krewe of Jazz Fest:

    This is a new facility for the 2009 Jazz Fest. The Krewe of Jazz area will feature high-end folding seats, private restroom facilities and you will also get special discount on the beverages.
    Rates: 1st Weekend - $350; $500 (with daily reserved parking)
    2nd Weekend - $400; $600 (with daily reserved parking)


Once out from the darkness of the jungles or from the interiors of history, take a break to check out the city glamor. Cities like Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Bossier city, Lafayette etc are also must see Louisiana destinations. The flickering lights at the city casinos and pubs, the sound of glasses when raised to say “Cheers” and the crazy hip swinging dance are what best defines the nightlife in Louisiana. So say “Cheers” to all before you depart from Louisiana.



Must see Louisiana sightseeings:

  • Grand Isle and the Queen Bess Island
  • Jean Lafitte National Park and Reserve
  • Atchafalaya Basin and Mississippi Delta
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cameron Prairie
  • River Town Museums
  • Adubon Zoo
  • Adubon Aquarium of the Americas
  • Musee Conti Wax Museum
  • UCM Museum
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Cajun Critters Swamp Tour
  • New Orleans Swamp Tour
  • French Quarter in New Orleans
  • Baton Rouge
  • Alexandria

Last Updated: 08/16/11

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