Louisiana March 04, 2018
7 Favorite Destinations Every Louisianian Has Visited At Least Once
There are good reasons why these are the most visited attractions in the state—some are historical landmarks, some offer some of the best views Louisiana can offer, some are urban attractions where you can walk around and get a feel for city life. In any case, these destinations are places that just about every Louisianian has visited at least once in their lives… and keep coming back to time and time again.
1. Oak Alley
Perhaps one of the most iconic Louisiana pictures, Oak Alley was built in 1837 and is one of the most visited plantations in Louisiana. Come stroll through the famous canopy of live oak trees and learn all about this history of this beautiful plantation.
2. Avery Island
Famous for Tabasco, this well-known salt dome is located in Iberia Parish and is easily one of the most beautiful places in Louisiana. Not only can you take a tour of the Tabasco company, you can also wander around the grounds and view the Jungle Gardens and Bird City - one of the largest bird rookeries around.
3. Grand Isle
Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island is a fisherman’s paradise and a birdwatcher’s haven. The Grand Isle State Park has some lovely trails to wander through, and they also allow you to camp right on the beach! Bring your tent and fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing as you gaze up at the stars.
4. Poverty Point
This World Heritage Site is an incredible attraction that everyone should find the time to visit. Built over 3,000 years ago, archaeologists are still finding clues to piece together the day to day lives of these early inhabitants. For more information, check out our recent feature article
5. French Quarter
It’s impossible to list Louisiana’s most popular destinations and not mention the French Quarter. The history, the antique shops, boutiques, and bars… there’s something for everyone here.
6. Atchafalaya River Basin
The largest swamp in the country is right here in central Louisiana, and everyone should take a swamp tour at least once in their lives. The 1,400,000-acre area is known for its iconic cypress-tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwoods, swamplands, bayous, and black water lakes are simply breathtaking. The Atchafalaya offers some of the most beautiful natural landscape Louisiana can offer.
7. Kisatchie National Forest
Louisiana’s only National Forest is comprised of over 604,000 acres spread across five Ranger Districts and seven parishes. Whether you’re looking to hunt, camp, bike, canoe, swim, horseback ride, or hike, Kisatchie National Forest is your gp-to spot.
How many have you visited? Are there others that you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!