Louisiana is a unique state made up of mist-shrouded swamps, prairies of Acadiana and the grey Spanish moss cascading from old trees. The streets of Louisiana are filled with an eclectic mix of people: their home cities telling stories of a multicultural, multilingual history rich in diverse cuisines, music and art. Louisiana is delineated from its neighbours - Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, and Texas to the west—by both natural and man-made boundaries. The Gulf of Mexico lies to the south.
The diversity of Louisiana locals includes the original Indian inhabitants, plus the descendants of a variety of settlers, among whom were the French, Spanish, English, German, Acadians, West Indians, Africans, Irish and Italians and now include almost every nationality on earth. As part of Louisiana’s French legacy, counties are called ‘parishes’. The French Quarter is one of New Orleans’ most historic neighbourhoods. Take a historic walk through Jackson Square, ride on a Steamboat Cruise, check out old-world architecture, and visit Bourbon Street at night. Did you know that more cocktails were created in New Orleans than almost any other state in the USA?
The only place to get true Creole and Cajun food is in Louisiana. A simple way to describe the two cuisines is that Creole cuisine is a “city food” while Cajun cuisine is often referred to as “country food.” While many of the ingredients in Cajun and Creole dishes are similar, the real difference between the two styles is the people behind these famous cuisines. Cajun dish favourites include jambalya, gumbo, turtle sauce piquante, andouille sausage, boudin (a pork and rice sausage), cochon du lait, soft-shell crab, stuff crab, many different shrimp dishes, and more. Make sure you visit the New Orleans School of Cooking for a class, and to pick up a bottle of its notorious Louisiana Hot Sauce. Louisiana (Avery Island) is actually the birthplace of Tobasco – for those that like it hot, it’s worth a visit!
With thousands of hiking and biking trails, beautiful state parks, and 639km of coastline, Louisiana is the ultimate playground for those that love outdoor adventure. The state has vast expanse of coastal wetlands and countless birding trails, making it a natural paradise for bird watchers. Louisiana's lakes and beaches offer spectacular views, beautiful water and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.
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