One of the most popular activities for Louisiana travelers is visiting antebellum plantation homes. The grand structures amaze visitors with stunning architecture, elaborate furnishings and tales of life and livelihood in Louisiana prior to the Civil War.
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.
Situated among the back roads of east-central Louisiana is one of the state’s premier cotton plantations.
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 ultimately affected the war’s outcome. Experience these six must-do World War II attractions.
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 tasting those things found only in Louisiana.
Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, only a few miles from Poverty Point World Heritage Site, the recently inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of my favorite parks to visit, whether for a day trip or overnight. The beach area is ideal for watching birds fly over the reservoir; in the winter, it’s a lovely place for peaceful contemplation.