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.

  • Fri, 03/27/2015

    I confess my wife and I are prone to travel like Clark Griswold in the hit 1980s movie National Lampoon’s Vacation. We hit the tourist stops such as notable monuments and famous restaurants, but like the Griswold family...

  • Wed, 03/18/2015

    Louisiana’s subtropical climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico gives the state extended periods of warm weather and mild winters, creating an ideal environment for gardens. Spring is the best window for experiencing the...

  • Thu, 02/19/2015

    With about 400 different festivals each year, it’s no wonder Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about everything that contributes to our unique culture, every indigenous dish, every...

  • Thu, 02/12/2015

    Up until recently, channel surfing was my sole exposure to mountain climbing. Adventure TV shows documenting expeditions to massive summits such as Mount Everest in Asia and Mount McKinley in Alaska. My take-away as a city...

  • Fri, 02/06/2015

    One of my favorite ways to travel and experience Louisiana is by its unbeaten paths. I frequently avoid the Interstate and instead take quiet, two-lane highways that snake through our diverse natural settings and connect...

  • Tue, 01/27/2015

    Louisiana’s 2015 Official Inspiration Guide is hot off the press, and a peek inside encourages travelers to pack an appetite along with their travel bags. Readers will deduce the recurring theme “A Culinary Celebration”...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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