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Travel Spotlights: Southeast Region

Pristine beaches and lush mountains meet comforting cuisine and legendary hospitality in the Southeast, where oak trees line winding back roads and music fills the air.

Louisiana

One of the most quirky, culturally diverse, fun-loving and breathtakingly beautiful states in the USA, Louisiana has a unique and memorable experience in store for all types of travelers. Throughout the state’s vast and hauntingly striking outdoor spaces, view wildlife like birds and alligators from the comfort of your kayak as you paddle through bayous and wetlands. Move to the rhythm of jazz, blues and zydeco music in a Lafayette dance hall or at one of the many Mardi Gras festivals that take place in all corners of Louisiana. Learn about the state’s complex, unique and often embattled history at historical sites like Oakland Plantation in Natchitoches Parish and The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. From backyard shrimp boils to world-class culinary experiences, Creole, Cajun and French influences can be found on almost every Louisiana menu. Don’t miss classic locations like Bourbon Street and Jackson Square, but be sure to venture beyond the most popular tourism hubs to discover true gems. Visit museums and institutions covering every topic under the sun. There’s something for everyone in this charming southern state.

Houma, Louisiana

Children viewing a baby alligator at Greenwood Gator Farm and Tours in Gibson, Louisiana

Down on the Bayou

A trip through Houma’s Bayou Country excites every animal lover. Hold baby alligators and watch large alligators in action during a live show at Greenwood Gator Farm and Tours in the heart of Louisiana’s stunning wildlife-filled wetlands.

Visitor taking in the art at the Chauvin Sculpture Garden in Chauvin, Louisiana

Otherworldly Art

The Chauvin Sculpture Garden is a unique attraction filled with more than 100 concrete sculptures created over time by an eccentric and mysterious artist. Bring a picnic and an open mind to explore the thought-provoking sculptures.

Tasty crawfish in dish at crawfish boil in Houma, Louisiana

Heads, Tails and Crawfish Trails

Taste your way through over 30 delicious stops on Houma’s Bayou Country Crawfish Trail. The trail includes restaurants, seafood markets and catching companies serving up Cajun specialties like crawfish etouffee and Lowcountry boils.

Fisherman in kayak with his catch in Bayou Black near Houma, Louisiana

Sportsman’s Paradise

The pristine waterways of Louisiana’s Bayou Country are teeming with fish and other wildlife. Rent a kayak, cast a line from the side of the road or charter a boat in the fishing mecca of Terrebonne Parish.

Mardi Gras celebration in downtown Houma, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Magic

Bring the family and enjoy tours and festivals in Houma and beyond. Take a historic tour of Ardoyne Plantation, a Victorian gothic sugarcane plantation, and dance your way through one of the region’s many Mardi Gras parades.

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Alligator spotted along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road in Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Creole Nature Trail All-American Road

A trip along the rustic backroads of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is like stepping back in time to experience nature’s beauty. Home to alligators and over 400 bird species, you won’t soon forget its unique wilderness.

Aerial of Golden Nugget Lake Charles and L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Golden Nugget Lake Charles and L’Auberge Casino Resorts

From luxurious spa treatments to world-class dining options, experience Las Vegas-worthy entertainment at two waterfront Lake Charles resorts – the Golden Nugget Lake Charles and the L’Auberge Casino Resort.

Crawfish boil with water views in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Gumbo and Good Times on the Bayou

Lake Charles is all about laid-back vibes and waterfront feasts with friends old and new. Creole favorites include jambalaya, shrimp gumbo and traditional crawfish boils served over newspapers. Grab a cold beer and enjoy the bayou breezes.

Fisherman on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road in Lake Charles, Louisiana

An Open-air Oasis

An outdoor sporting paradise, Lake Charles is home to some of the Southeast’s most pristine wilderness areas for fishing, boating, hiking and wildlife-viewing. Catch sights of gators, shorebirds and turtles while you fish, hike, paddle or bike.

The 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana
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1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center

Housed in an eye-catching historic building, the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles is a hub for local art, culture and education. Take in rotating art exhibits and presentations that highlight the area’s rich history.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Dancers enjoying live music on Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Feel the Rhythm

Music is the beating heart of New Orleans culture. The vibrant city is the birthplace of jazz, and on any given day, live zydeco, rock and blues can be heard on the streets and in live-music venues.

Jazz band playing in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Celebrated Culture

Blending Caribbean, American, European and African cultures, New Orleans is a true melting pot of cuisine, music, traditions and the arts. Explore history-rich museums and walk the vibrant streets echoing with live music.

Stage at French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana
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City of Festivity

With over 100 festivals throughout each year, celebration is a way of life in New Orleans. From Mardi Gras to the New Orleans Jazz Festival, opportunities to experience the city’s diverse musical, culinary and cultural offerings are everywhere.

Outside dining in beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana
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Culinary Adventures Await

New Orleans’ world-renowned culinary offerings are as rich and diverse as its culture. Taste your way through Creole and international cuisine at hundreds of restaurants and enjoy a drink at one of the city’s celebrated cocktail bars.

Historic St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square of New Orleans, Louisiana
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Attractions as Unique as the City Itself

New Orleans is home to dozens of one-of-a-kind museums like Mardi Gras World and The Sazerac House cocktail museum. Reach these and more award-winning attractions by horse-drawn carriage, streetcar or riverboat.

More about Louisiana

Louisiana State Capitol Building in downtown Baton Rouge
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Enjoy the view from the 27th-floor observation deck of the Louisiana State Capitol – the tallest capitol building in the USA. Louisiana’s Old State Capitol also features spectacular architecture and is even said to house a ghost. Learn more

Photo: Jordan Hefler

Family outside the USS KIDD Veterans Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is home to the inspiring and family-friendly USS KIDD Veterans Museum, a World War II Fletcher-class destroyer turned floating museum. Step back in time at the LSU Rural Life Museum, acting as a time capsule that explores the lives of Louisiana’s rural people. Learn more

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Visitors enjoying a McGees Airboat Tour in Lafayette, Louisiana
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Lafayette, Louisiana

Explore Lafayette’s hauntingly beautiful swamps, rivers and bayous teeming with wildlife and cypress trees. It’s the perfect backdrop for spotting some of the region’s over 240 bird species and experiencing an epic guided adventure. Learn more

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