One facet of Louisiana that makes it such an appealing visitor destination is its deep and colorful history. European explorers found their way to the region and inhabited the area very early relative to settlement of much of the rest of the continent. As a result, some communities in Louisiana are among the oldest in the United States. Before those explorers arrived, of course, people we now know as Native Americans populated the region. Reaching still farther back in time, ancient peoples left their mark on the area thousands of years ago. The state of Louisiana offers many ways to explore the region’s rich history, in hundreds of museums, historic structures, landmarks, artifacts and works of art. The careful preservation and restoration of these sites and artifacts has created many rare opportunities for visitors to experience Louisiana’s history and gain insights into the diverse cultures that continue to influence the state today.
In Louisiana, remnants of the Civil War are never far away. From the pine groves of central Louisiana to the eastern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, memories of the "War Between the States" linger.
It's no secret that Louisiana's one-of-a-kind culture spans hundreds of centuries, but you may not know it actually goes back thousands of years to a time when prehistoric cultures built immense ea
Compared to Louisiana, other states have it easy.
Most people can easily recognize one of Louisiana and New Orleans’ most famous streets — Bourbon. However there are many more iconic streets, historic downtowns and lovely off-the-beaten-path stre
Louisiana has created many opportunities to preserve the stories of the past with museums and historical sites around the state.
Walt Whitman. Tennessee Williams. Ernest Gaines. James Lee Burke.
- Step Back in Time: History Tours
Visit the place known as both “Louisiana’s best kept secret” and “one of the Top 10 outdoor museums in the world” for a self-guided tour illustrating Louisiana life in the 19th century.
Each of Louisiana’s Scenic Byways tells its own unique tale as it weaves through the state.