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.

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  • 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...

  • Tue, 08/12/2014

    Louisiana had a meaningful role in the World War II Allied victory, contributing everything from foot soldiers and commanders to training facilities for tens of thousands of personnel and behind-the-scenes innovators who...

  • Thu, 08/07/2014

    Whether your Louisiana vacation is a three-day weekend, a weeklong leisure adventure or free time tacked to a business trip, enjoy this crash course in Cajun culture and history so you can revel in seeing, doing, hearing and...

  • Fri, 08/01/2014

    One would expect a state as passionate about cuisine as Louisiana to be equally passionate about how to wash it down. And like its world-acclaimed food, Louisiana is ready to share its homegrown beverage of choice—craft beer—...

  • Thu, 07/24/2014

    You may know that Louisiana was named for French King Louis XIV. The territory was named in his honor by French explorer La Salle, who claimed the territory to the west of the Mississippi River in the 1680s for France. The huge...

  • Thu, 07/17/2014

    Louisiana’s African-American Heritage Trail includes 41 sites throughout the state that showcase the contributions of African Americans not only to Louisiana but to all of the U.S. in history, culture, food, music, the arts and...

  • Mon, 07/14/2014

    Louisiana’s subtropical climate, forested and vegetation-rich topography and position within the corridor of a major North American migratory flyway make the state a haven for a huge variety of birds and travelers who want to see...

  • Tue, 07/08/2014

    School’s out for the summer, and since kids’ free time can quickly lead to cabin fever, here are a few suggestions for out-and-about activities throughout Louisiana that are fun for both the youngsters and the young at heart....

  • Thu, 06/26/2014

    Today I am giving you a little crash course in some uniquely-Louisiana terms so that, as a savvy traveler, you can blend in with the locals. Where better to begin than with one of Louisiana’s favorite pastimes: food.  When you...

  • Thu, 06/19/2014

    When I’m on the road with travel journalists from around the world, I field a sea of questions about Louisiana. From general questions about the state’s history and the culture to specific ones about our music, swamps, the...

  • Tue, 06/17/2014

    If a rich history and world-acclaimed cuisine are the head and heart of Louisiana, music is surely its collective soul. So it’s only fitting that the first post on the LouisianaTravel.com blog be by me, a 30-year hobbyist...