The 19 most beautiful places to visit in Louisiana
Louisiana, also known as the “Bayou State,” “Mississippi Child,” “Creole State,” “Pelican (official) State,” “Sportsman’s Paradise,” “Sugar State” and “Shoe,” offers some of the most beautiful and spectacular sights and places to visit! Just browse through these amazing photos and marvel at their beauty…
Source: Bonnie Taylor Barry / shutterstock Avery Island, Louisiana Avery Island is one of Louisiana’s most famous landmarks, known around the world as the birthplace of Tabasco sauce. Although the island is home to a small human population, it is actually a salt dome that was originally covered in fauna before it was discovered. Avery Island’s main attractions include a visitor center and a pepper sauce factory, but there is much more to the island than its association with tabasco sauce. Louisiana, also known as the “Bayou State,” “Mississippi Child,” “Creole State,” “Pelican State (official),” “Sportsman’s Paradise,” “Sugar State” and “Shoe,” offers some of the most beautiful and spectacular sights and places to visit! Just browse through these amazing photos and marvel at their beauty…
Source: Bonnie Taylor Barry / shutterstock Avery Island, Louisiana Avery Island is one of Louisiana’s most famous landmarks, known around the world as the birthplace of Tabasco sauce. Although the island is home to a small human population, it is actually a salt dome that was originally covered in fauna before it was discovered. Avery Island’s main attractions include a visitor center and a pepper sauce factory, but there is much more to the island than its association with tabasco sauce.
Christmas in New Orleans
Source: Cider Montreal Photo / Shutterstock Christmas in New Orleans New Orleans is one of the most unique places in the entire world, not to mention Louisiana, where Christmas is a particularly special time to be in town. New Orleans may not get the snow that some parts of the United States get this time of year, but that doesn’t affect the joyful atmosphere that spreads throughout New Orleans during Christmas. The holiday parade at Creve o Jingle opens Christmas in New Orleans, and St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square hold a series of events throughout December. One of the biggest Christmas traditions in New Orleans is to enjoy Reveillon, a French food meaning “awakening.” A modern mix of New Orleans and Creole cuisine for this unforgettable culinary experience.
St. Louis Cathedral
Source: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans St. Louis Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks in New Orleans, and indeed in all of Louisiana. Located in the city’s thriving French Quarter in front of Jackson Square, the cathedral’s history spans nearly 300 years, though the building has been regularly repaired, rebuilt, and renovated. The cathedral, the mother church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, is the oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States. At the back of the cathedral is also St. Anthony’s Garden, on which the statue of Jesus is spectacularly illuminated at night.
Source: lidialongobardi77 / shutterstock Venice, Louisiana Venice – sometimes known as the End of the World – is one of the many attractions of Louisiana Venice, which is often used as a starting point for offshore fishermen, was particularly hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. In the years since the terrible disaster, much work has been done to rebuild the community, which is now beginning to thrive. Not far from Venice is also a must-see site for the Breton National Wildlife Refuge of the Lustre Islands, which was established at the behest of then President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt.
Avery Island Bird Sanctuary
Source: Bonnie Taylor Barry / shutterstock Avery Island, Louisiana While Avery Island is understandably known as the home of Tabasco sauce, the island is also known for its bird sanctuary, called Bird City. The wildlife refuge has been slowly built over many decades and is now a migratory site for approximately 100,000 herons. The nesting season begins around February, and the birds remain on the island until the winter months arrive. President Roosevelt once called Bird City “the most significant sanctuary in the country.”
Chauvin Sculpture Garden
Perhaps the strangest but most beautiful place in Louisiana is the Chauvin Sculpture Garden. The sculpture garden, created over the years by reclusive artist Kenny Hill before he suddenly left the site, is a vast array of strange but amazing creations, from winged angels to images of God himself. The art center and small local museum are now based at the site, which provides one of the strangest and most remarkable experiences in all of Louisiana.
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
Source: Mr. Bill Lang / Wikimedia The Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge The Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, the largest urban wildlife refuge in the United States, is located within the city limits of New Orleans and is a must-see for anyone interested in conservation. The massive rookery of wading birds is one of the main attractions of the refuge, which also has alligators, white-headed eagles and brown pelicans that call it home. Many people driving down I-10 in East New Orleans don’t even realize they are in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, which covers a huge total of 24,000 acres…
The Horace Wilkinson Bridge
Source: CrackerClips Stock Media / shutterstock Horace Wilkinson Bridge Of the many bridges crossing the epic Mississippi River, the Horace Wilkinson Bridge in Baton Rouge is perhaps the most impressive of all. The cantilever bridge, which is the tallest to cross the Mississippi River, leads Interstate 10 from Baton Rouge to Port Allen. Six lanes of traffic cross the bridge, which is named for three separate men named Horace Wilkinson who served in the Louisiana legislature for a total of 54 years. Passionate photographers will be eager to photograph the Horace Wilkinson Bridge, which is a special backdrop for photos.
Source: f11photo / shutterstock Mississippi River, Louisiana There is no doubt that the Mississippi River is one of the greatest rivers in the entire world. Dozens of bridges cross the river from its starting point in Itasca State Park in Minnesota to its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico. The Port of South Louisiana is located around the river, and about 500 million tons of shipped goods pass through the port each year. Traveling the Great River Road through Louisiana provides an unforgettable experience, with places like the river, as well as Tallulah, Morganza and, of course, the city of New, with towns like St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and Plaquemine. Orleans.
Source: LagunaticPhoto / shutterstock The Achafalaya Basin of Louisiana is known for its wetlands, and the Atchafalaya Basin is the largest marsh in the entire United States. The Atchafalaya is a particularly unique ecosystem because of its unusual combination of sustainable wetlands and a growing delta system. Among the many attractions of the Atchafalaya Basin is the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to alligators, waterfowl, and vast numbers of migratory birds. The basin stretches an amazing 140 miles south and is a huge source of crayfish, with 22 million pounds of fish coming from the basin each year…
Source: Jeffrey M. Frank / shutterstock Melrose Plantation Melrose Plantation is one of the most unique plantations in the South. Sometimes also called Yucca Plantation, Melrose was one of the largest plantations to be built by blacks and free. There are a total of eight structures on the plantation, and the Historic Natchitoches Preservation Association gives tours of Melrose. The plantation is on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. Melrose was founded by Louis Metoyer, a slave who became a free man of color when he was finally granted his freedom. Metoyer went on to build a uniquely African structure that is a must-see experience for those who spend time in Louisiana.
French Quarter, New Orleans
Source: f11photo / shutterstock French Quarter, New Orleans New Orleans is one of the greatest cities in the world, and the French Quarter is by some distance the oldest neighborhood in the city. A national historic landmark, the French Quarter was damaged by Hurricane Katrina, but after a huge effort to rebuild it, it is now back to its bustling best. Among the many sights worth seeing while visiting the French Quarter are Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral, the lively bars on Bourbon Street and Audubon Cottages. The French Quarter is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, and it’s one of the few places in the United States where drinking alcohol from open containers on the street is allowed. Bourbon Street also hosts the famous annual Mardi Gras celebration, which draws thousands of people to the streets of New Orleans.
Louisiana Swamp Tour.
Source: Suzanne S. Grim / Shutterstock Louisiana Swamp Tour A swamp tour is one of the best ways to experience life in Louisiana. There are few unspoiled places like Louisiana swamps and guided tours, but you can see a huge variety of wildlife in their unspoiled natural habitat. Lafayette is one of the best starting points for a Louisiana swamp tour, but there are plenty of fantastic options throughout the state. Alligators, herons and egrets are some of the wildlife present in the state’s swamps.
Source: Brittany DiNunzio / shutterstock Jungle Gardens Many people heading to Avery Island miss the chance to explore Jungle Gardens in favor of exploring its Tabasco-related history, but that’s a huge mistake, as Jungle Gardens is one of Louisiana’s unexpected gems. Azaleas, camellias and bamboo are all present in the gardens, while alligators, deer and raccoons are among the many animals that live nearby. The centuries-old Buddha statue is one of the most visited attractions on Avery Island, and indeed in all of Louisiana.
New Orleans Garden District
Source: Lazillama / Shutterstock New Orleans Garden District We’ve already covered the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral and Christmas in New Orleans, but the city has a lot more to offer. The Garden District is a great place to spend a few hours. You can find gorgeous 19th-century mansions here, and the St. Charles Line streetcar line makes access to the neighborhood easy. Attractions to see in the New Orleans Garden District include the George Washington cable car, while one of NOLA’s most famous restaurants, Commander’s Palace, is also located in this part of town.
Oak Alley Plantation
Source: f11photo / shutterstock Oak Alley Plantation Along with Melrose Plantation, Oak Alley Plantation is another of the most important historic sites in the state. Located in Vacherie, St. James Parish, Oak Alley Plantation is especially known for the row of trees that gave the plantation its name. The architecture and landscape at the plantation has led it to become a National Historic Landmark. Oak Alley Plantation is one of the South’s most spectacular sites. The trees at Oak Alley Plantation are over 300 years old, and it is still a mystery who originally planted them on the property.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Source: Anna Westman / Shutterstock Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve consists of six separate sites around New Orleans. These include the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, where the battle for New Orleans took place in 1815, and the French Quarter Visitor Center in the city of New Orleans itself. Much of Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve is just a short drive from the city, but away from the world, offering the opportunity to enjoy nature in close proximity.
Source: Photoluminate, LLC / Shutterstock Audubon Park The Audubon Park Hotel is located in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans. It is one of the most beautiful places in all of Louisiana. The park is named after artist and naturalist John James Audubon and was built on land that was originally a plantation. Today, the park has sports and picnic areas, as well as a golf course and a rookery that attracts hundreds of wading birds. Part of Audubon Park is known locally as the Fly because of its butterfly-shaped river-viewing shelter.