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.

  • Mon, 07/27/2015

    Louisiana is a close to 50,000-square-mile boot-shaped tract of land on the Gulf of Mexico coast. But our state is a fraction of the original Louisiana Territory, acquired by a young and fledgling United States from France in...

  • Wed, 07/08/2015

    We launched the Only Louisiana blog about a year ago with a crash course in Louisiana music for our state’s visitors. In addition to being one of the top two draws for travelers (the other being our cuisine), it’s the most...

  • Thu, 06/18/2015

    Louisiana’s official state nickname is Sportsman’s Paradise thanks to rich and abundant natural resources and the fish and wild game that call it home. Related nicknames for our state include The Pelican State, in reference to...

  • Thu, 06/11/2015

    The premier public golf course in Uptown New Orleans is Audubon Park on St. Charles Avenue, the historic Garden District’s largest park. Just 10 minutes from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the city’s central business district,...

  • Wed, 05/06/2015

    Continuing from Part I and Part II, here are more Louisiana places with really unusual stories behind their names. A touring dignitary’s endorsement: Zwolle in Sabine Parish was indirectly named by a respected Dutch businessman...

  • Thu, 04/23/2015

    Most of the western boundary of Louisiana is the Sabine River, but that wasn’t the case at the time of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, or even when Louisiana became a U.S. state nine years later. There was no physical western...

  • Thu, 04/09/2015

    It was May 1934, when a nationally notorious couple’s two-year spree of felonies and murders throughout the South and Midwest abruptly ended in a hailstorm of bullets in rural Bienville Parish. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow,...

  • 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 patriarch...

  • 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...

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