By the time you cross the Sunshine Bridge, you’re well immersed in 500 years of history layered with such diverse culture and tradition you couldn’t possibly be somewhere you have been before.
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.
Far from the lights of Bourbon Street, in the bayous of Cajun Country and the farmlands of north Louisiana is an entire swath of west Louisiana known as the Neutral Strip.
St. Landry Parish, located just a short drive north of Lafayette, is home to deep Cajun and Creole culture. St.
Créole. Greek Revival. Neoclassical. Steamboat Gothic.
Just a few miles off Interstate 20 near the Mississippi-Louisiana border is a roadside attraction unlike any you’ll find on Earth.
The Italian culture comes alive each year at the Italian Festival in Tickfaw. Always held on the last weekend in April, the Tickfaw Italian Festival blends authentic Italian food, great music, and a wholesome family atmosphere for one of the most popular festivals in southeast Louisiana.
When someone mentions the Wild Wild West, you probably picture images of cowboys, saloons, boots and spurs. But, did you know that Louisiana had its own Wild, Wild West?