The state of Louisiana is an exciting blend of European influences; from the Spanish explorers in 1528 to the French in the late 17th century, followed again by the Spanish.

At this time, thousands of French-speaking people from Acadia found refuge here, from whom the Cajun people now descend.

With a strategic location on the river, history flows in the state as well as the sound of music, it is the birthplace of jazz. From here the likes of Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis and Britney Spears have sprung!

With over 400 festivals a year, there is always something happening in Louisiana, in addition to the tax-free shopping and of course, delicious food; from po’boy sandwiches filled with anything from seafood to cold meats, and traditional bread pudding. There remains today plantation homes to visit, the preserved settlement of Natchitoches and the Creole Nature Trail where you might spot alligators!

Journey onto the city of Baton Rouge to visit the Old Louisiana State Capitol and the Shaw Centre for the Arts filled with museums, restaurants and theatres, as well as Nottoway Plantation. Discover the ancient way of life in the restored homes of the Acadian Village, and folklife at Vermillionville.

Perhaps spend a few hours at the well-known honky-tonk, Blue Moon Saloon, for some Louisiana fun, before driving onto Lake Charles to travel the Creole Nature All-American Road, and for golfing opportunities.

In the Crossroads Region, visit Alexandria during Mardi Gras for great fun and explore the outdoor area of Kisatchie National Forest. A visit to Natchitoches is a must for viewing French-Creole architecture in the historic landmark district, eating meat pie and enjoying flashbacks to the 80s film, Steel Magnolias, filmed here.

In the north of the state, Shreveport’s entertainment and national monument Poverty Point, are highlights, as well as the home of Coca Cola in West Monroe.

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Set approximately an hour from New Orleans, the Inn at Houmas House is the perfect setting for your plantation homestay, offering the most high-end room product in the plantation country. Along an alley of oak trees are a collection of cottages with 21 rooms in total where you will stay. These feature a king, queen-size or double queen size beds as well as marble bathrooms. Decorated with traditio...

Situated to the south of the Mississippi River, the Nottoway Plantation is a restored home, once inhabited by the Randolph family, open for tours and lodging. Enjoy dining at the Mansion Restaurant where Louisianan cuisine is served in this restored dining room and outdoor seating area. Accommodations at the Nottoway Plantation are spread throughout the Mansion Rooms and Deluxe Hotels Rooms (Cott...

Set at the end of a quarter-mile alley of 225+-year-old oak trees is Oak Alley Plantation, an iconic plantation home that has been much photographed. Known for its sugarcane exhibit and slavery at Oak Alley exhibition, the Oak Alley is a great place to discover history and explore Louisiana. Situated away from the main house, the cottages are over a century old and feature air conditioning, heati...

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