Louisiana January 08, 2020
12 Unforgettable Louisiana Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
Louisiana is full of epic adventures just waiting for you to explore. No matter what time of year, there’s always something to do, and we’ve compiled a full list of adventures, festivals, and tours that will book up your next year so you can make 2020 the best year yet.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
January — Toledo Bend
Just because it’s a little chilly outside doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Both North and South Toledo Bend State Parks offer lodging, nature trails, and some of the best fishing in the state.
For a peek at some of the awesome activities offered at South Toledo Bend State Park, check out our previous feature article
February — New Orleans
It’s Carnival season! And that can only mean one thing: a visit to New Orleans. Even if you don’t make it to The Big Easy for Mardi Gras Day (February 25, 2020) there are plenty of parades peppered throughout the month that you’ll love.
Looking to learn more about all of the amazing attractions in NOLA? Check out our
Only In New Orleans
page for hundreds of ideas!
March — Shreveport
Shreveport often gets overlooked, and that’s a shame. This beautiful city has so much to offer, so it can easily be more of a weekend getaway destination than a day trip; however, if you only have one day in Shreveport, then plan it around the Gumbo Gladiators Cook-Off Festival, which takes place on March 21, 2020. The all-day event gives visitors an opportunity to taste dozens of gumbos from locals all around the area who think they have the best gumbo in town.
April — Creole Nature Trail
For nature lovers, there’s no better day trip than the Creole Nature Trail. One of only 43 All-American Roads in the country, the Creole Nature Trail features 180 miles of beautiful scenery. Known as Louisiana’s Outback, the Creole Nature Trail will show you a little bit of everything: marshes, prairies, endless waterways, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Check out our previous feature article about this incredibly
May — Kisatchie National Forest
Clocking in at more than 600,000 acres, the Kisatchie National Forest is Louisiana’s only national forest and easily worth a day trip. Lace up your boots and set off on an epic adventure down one of the many primitive trails, spend some time driving through the rolling hills, or pitch a tent and spend a night underneath the stars.
Check out our previous feature article about
hiking trails in the Kisatchie National Forest
for a little inspiration!
June — Sunflower Trail
Every year in June, the tiny town of Gilliam in Northern Louisiana transforms into a beautiful display of sunflowers that you just have to see to believe. Visitors can either drive along the road and catch glimpses of the sunflower fields from the car or hop out and check them out on foot. The annual Sunflower Festival is a great family-friendly attraction that kids of all ages will enjoy, with tons of activities for the little ones, local merchants selling their specialty goods, and all the finest restaurants in the area coming together to celebrate this special event.
for details about the Sunflower Festival.
July — Grand Isle
Before summer comes to a close, be sure to head down to Grand Isle where you can sink your toes in the sand and maybe even do a little fishing. Grand Isle has seven miles of public beaches to enjoy, and the Grand Isle State Park features a beautiful nature trail that birdwatchers will certainly enjoy. And of course, the annual Tarpon Rodeo is an event that’s not to be missed. Established in 1928, it’s the oldest fishing tournament in the United States and attracts thousands of visitors to Louisiana’s only inhabited island every year.
For details about beach camping at this lesser-known state park, check out our
full feature article
August — Poverty Point
Located in the northeastern part of the state, Poverty Point is a World Heritage Site that’s over 3,000 years old. While historians and archaeologists are still trying to piece together the day to day lives of these early settlers, you can visit the site and walk the trails. Don’t forget to check out the visitor center, where you’ll see all of the artifacts they’ve uncovered, as well as learn more about the people who once thrived here.
This World Heritage Site is truly unique. You can learn more about its history in our previous article
September — Barataria Nature Preserve
September is a wild card. It might still be blazing hot or it might be starting to cool down, you just never know. Whatever the weather, it’s still a great opportunity to check out the Barataria Nature Preserve. The boardwalk and gravel trails will take you on quite the adventure as you traverse through the preserve’s 23,000 miles of beautiful swamps, bayous, and forests. It’s an excellent spot to spot wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled!
Want to learn more about a magnificent overlook in Barataria Nature Preserve? Click
October — Lake Martin
October is a great time of the year to go on a swamp tour, and Lake Martin is ideal. Hopefully, the bugs will be at bay, but the wildlife will still be out and about so you’ll have the opportunity to see scores of alligators, birds, turtles, and more. There’s also a trail that will take you around the lake, and visitors are more than welcome to bring a kayak or a canoe and set off on their own so you can see the lake from an entirely different perspective.
Kayaking is such a cool way to explore this lovely lake during the fall season. We explored it in a previous article, so read all about it
November — Abbeville
Nestled within the heart of Cajun Country, Abbeville is a mid-sized town with one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana, and that’s the Giant Omelette Festival. The festival takes place on November 7-8, 2020 and you won’t want to miss it. The family-friendly event features live music, an arts and crafts show, an antique car show, and the main event— a 5,000-egg omelette being cooked in the middle of the street by a team of talented chefs.
The 2020 festival is still in its planning phase, but you'll find all of the information you need on its
as we get closer to the event!
December — Natchitoches
Natchitoches is beautiful year-round, but it transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays, and you won’t want to miss it. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival has been going on for nearly a century and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the globe each and every year.
Natchitoches Christmas Festival
is definitely a must-see, this city is fantastic for history lovers too. Check out its 33-block historic district in our previous article
Are you planning on doing any of these awesome things this year? Have you already done a few in past years? Let us know in the comments below!
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