Jeff Richard is a public information officer with the Louisiana Office of Tourism. As a Louisiana native, when he’s not assisting travel journalists from around the world in their efforts to promote Louisiana, Jeff likes to explore Louisiana swamps (preferably in an airboat) and venues, festivals and attractions showcasing Louisiana music. Jeff, his electric guitar collection, his wife, children and their three Chihuahuas reside in Baton Rouge. You can reach Jeff at blog@louisianatravel.com.

  • Thu, 01/22/2015

    As Old World civilizations built legacies such as Stonehenge and the Parthenon, construction crews were just as busy in the New World—in Louisiana to be precise. Crews here were American Indians, working with dirt and baskets...

  • Thu, 01/08/2015

    It’s a spectacle of parades, unbelievable costumes and dancers in the streets donning purple, green and gold—Mardi Gras’ official colors—with great music, food and drink at every turn. Most folks know something about Mardi Gras...

  • Thu, 12/04/2014

    Louisiana has a world-renowned reputation for its indigenous Cajun and Creole cuisine. But as you may expect given our geographic position in the Deep South, we have a similar flair for traditional southern cuisine, and barbecue...

  • Wed, 11/19/2014

    One of the most popular activities for Louisiana travelers is visiting antebellum plantation homes. The grand structures amaze visitors with stunning architecture, elaborate furnishings and tales of life and livelihood in...

  • Wed, 11/12/2014

    The Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge can lay claim on one of the more unusual public December holiday lighting displays. It’s here on the earthen levees containing the Mississippi River that local Christmas...

  • Thu, 10/30/2014

    An interesting product of personal electronic device technology and social media is a renewed common interest in photography. In the past, one’s desire was often offset by costly investments in cameras and equipment, film and...

  • Thu, 10/23/2014

    Our previous blog on Louisiana cities and towns with unusual names just scratched the surface. French explorers named Maringouin (“mosquito”) for the pesky swarms of the insects they encountered there. Other towns with...

  • Wed, 10/15/2014

    Many Louisiana towns have a local holiday lighting display, but north and central Louisiana take it a step further with the Holiday Trail of Lights. The trail includes Shreveport-Bossier City, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe,...

  • Wed, 10/08/2014

    Louisiana is about 52,000 square miles and about 15 percent is water—inland lakes and swamps, coastal marshlands, scenic small rivers, canals and bayous (slow moving streams). The best way to experience Louisiana’s waterways and...

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