While in the New Iberia area, sample the region’s unique cuisine, and be sure to taste cracklins, a Louisiana specialty. In New Iberia, visit Conrad Rice Mill, the country’s oldest working rice mill. And of course, fans of author James Lee Burke love to experience the setting of his Dave Robicheaux novels. Stroll the grounds of the Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens which host a semi-tropical botanical gardens nestled around Lake Peigneur. Examine the history of Louisiana’s sugarcane industry at the Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum. Don’t miss nearby Avery Island, home to the McIlhenny Co.’s TABASCO® Sauce bottling plant. Three museums interpret the region’s history – the museum of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana in Charenton, the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum in Patterson and, in Morgan City, the International Petroleum Museum and Exposition.