Louisiana's history is steeped in hauntings, paranormal activity and things that make you think you might have seen a ghost. Louisiana's ghost hauntings are famous and New Orleans has been named one of the most haunted cities in the nation. It’s been said that Louisiana’s destructive early history has made perfect conditions for ghosts to haunt and linger. From haunted hotels to historic plantations, explore the spooky side of Louisiana with guided tours, cemetery visits and if you are brave, haunted accommodations. If you're visiting around Halloween, take in a fright night at the 13th Gate in Baton Rouge or The Mortuary in New Orleans.
As the largest city in Lafayette Parish, Lafayette, Louisiana mixes all the amenities of urban life, including universities and medical centers, with the unmistakable influence of the region's venerable Cajun and Creole cultures. Visitors can learn about the area's roots by touring either the Acadian Cultural Center or Vermilionville. Built as 19th century bayou villages, each folk life center operates as an interactive museum. This heritage is still prominent in the city's lifestyle cultural traditions.
Lafayette is said to have more restaurants per capita than any other American city, and many of them specialize in the distinctive, seafood-laden regional cuisine. Numerous music clubs feature homegrown talent, including both traditional and contemporary Cajun and Zydeco performers. Two popular festivals, Festival International de Louisiane in April and Festivals Acadiens in October, draw many thousands of visitors to town and anchor a calendar year full of celebrations of the area's vibrant culture.