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Chennault Aviation Museum

Passion: GREAT OUTDOORS

St. Bernard State Park Reintroduce yourself to Mother Nature as you hike, picnic or camp in this 350-acre park along the Mississippi River.   

St. Francisville Find inspiration, just like naturalist John James Audubon did, among these rolling hills. Biking, kayaking, birding and hiking opportunities are plentiful.  

Rip Van Winkle Gardens, New Iberia Stroll through lush gardens and beneath ancient live oaks, where legend says pirate Jean Lafitte buried treasure.  

Alligator Park, Natchitoches Get to know the gators—go ahead, it’s safe—at Bayou Pierre Alligator Park. Feeling brave? Help with a feeding. 

Poverty Point, Pioneer Tour one of North America’s largest prehistoric earth works, dating back to around 1750 B.C., and learn about the state’s innovative early inhabitants.  

Passion: RICH HISTORY

The Cabildo, New Orleans Explore the state’s varied history in this 18th-century building, which was the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer in 1803. 

USS KIDD, Baton Rouge Walk the decks of the “Pirate of the Pacific” and discover what life was like aboard a World War II destroyer.  

Laurel Valley Plantation, Thibodaux Sweeten your trip with a stop at this sprawling 19th-century sugar plantation. Dozens of original structures still dot the complex.  

Cane River National Heritage Area, Natchitoches Cruise by car alongside the Cane River Lake and view classic Creole architecture and national and state historic sites.  

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, Monroe Learn the story of General Claire Lee Chennault, World War II military aviation hero and leader of the famed “Flying Tigers.”  

Passion: MUSIC

Bayou Jam, Slidell Kick up your heels and sing along during these free live music concerts at Heritage Park, held spring and fall.  

Live After Five, Baton Rouge Enjoy the sounds of the capital’s free live music event on spring and fall Fridays. Bands play a variety, from funk to country.  

Savoy Music Center, Eunice Join in a jam session with the Savoy family, known for playing Cajun music and making fine accordions, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.  

Delta Music Museum, Ferriday Travel to the Louisiana Delta, whose fertile soil influenced Southern music and produced noted artists Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley.

Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium, Shreveport See where Elvis shook it up before he was king. Many other icons graced this stage during “Louisiana Hayride” performances. 

Passion: ART & CULTURE

Abita Mystery House, Abita Springs Mingle among the odd, intriguing and plain bizarre (We mean you, Darrell the dogigator!) at this attraction by folk artist John Preble.  

River Road African American Museum, Donaldsonville Discover the many contributions by African-Americans along the Mississippi River to the region’s cuisine, music, art and agriculture. 

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette View works from the 18th through 21st centuries in a modern setting that contrasts with the adjacent plantation home built by A. Hays Town.  

Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria Appreciate the arts as you take in topnotch traveling exhibitions and tour the state’s largest collection of North Louisiana folk art.  

Shreveport-Bossier Film Trail Head to Hollywood—Hollywood South, that is—with this self-guided tour to where some of the industry’s biggest stars filmed.