Louisiana is a beautiful state made up of bustling cities and towns, prairies of Acadiana, swamps, and old trees dripping stunning Spanish moss. There is a rich mix of country and city, and the streets of Louisiana are filled with a vibrant melting pot of locals bound by tradition and a multicultural history that is diverse in cuisine, art, and culture. 

Here are our top five things you can’t miss during a visit to Louisiana:  

Learn How to Cook Creole and Cajun Food

Make sure you try both Creole and Cajun cuisines in Louisiana. Many of the ingredients in Cajun and Creole dishes are similar. However, the difference between the two styles is the people behind these delicious cuisines. Book a cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. You’ll learn how to make New Orleans specialities such as Gumbo and Jambalaya, all served with a huge dose of fun! Stop at the Louisiana General Store next door, and pick up some Cajun seasoning to take home.

Swamp Tours and State Parks 

Swamp tours are offered throughout South Louisiana. In St. Mary Parish, swamp tours provide a quick and convenient way to get close to the area’s natural beauty. Part Cajun history, part eco-adventure, you’ll learn about fur trappers, crabbers, crawfish fishermen and farmers who carved out a living in the nation’s largest river swamp. 

Across Louisiana, there are 36 State Parks and Historic Sites, which offer an abundance of natural beauty and heritage. The parks feature first-class facilities, including cabins and a host of outdoor activities, including fishing, hiking, biking, canoe trails, and more. Be sure to check opening and access details before you go. 

Visit the Breath-Taking St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, New Orleans

USA’s oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use - St. Louis Cathedral - overlooks Jackson Square. Tours of the Cathedral are self-guided. Afterwards, follow up with a stop at the Catholic Cultural Heritage Centre and at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, or explore Jackson Square in the iconic French Quarter.  

Explore the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches explores the history of Louisiana sports. The museum features household name inductees, such as Archie Manning and Shaquille O’Neal, plus other famous athletes, including Audrey ‘Mickey’ Patterson, the first African-American woman ever to win an Olympic Medal. 

Stroll Along the Historic Front Street in Natchitoches

Natchitoches is a National Historic District that takes visitors on a relaxed walk back in time. At its heart lies Front Street, a brick thoroughfare lined with restaurants, shops, art galleries, and stunning French architecture facing the beautiful Cane River Lake. Take a guided tour through the National Landmark Historic District. More widely in Natchitoches, you’ll also find it lives up to its name as the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Louisiana, with over 35 inns, many within walking distance of the historic district. There’s also nine nationally recognised motel chains with 800+ rooms, plus two locally owned inns.