Louisiana is full of downright delightful little spots just waiting to be explored. From the rolling hills of northern Louisiana to the swampy bayous in the south, the most scenic spots in Louisiana are almost too peaceful and perfect to be believed. The next time you need a little escape from everyday life, venture out to one of these beautiful attractions for a picture-perfect day.
1. American Rose Center
The Gardens of the American Rose Center is located in Shreveport and is the largest park dedicated to roses in the United States. This 118-acre site was established in 1974 and boasts more than 65 individual rose gardens and 20,000 rose bushes. Peak blooming season begins in the middle of April and lasts until the middle of May, so try to time your visit during these months to see the gardens at their best and brightest. Address: 8877 Jefferson Paige Rd., Shreveport, LA 71119
2. Backbone Trail
Nestled within the Kisatchie National Forest, the Backbone Trail is roughly 10 miles in length and is located near Provencial, Louisiana. This loop trail has a surprising terrain, filled with fairly steep ascents and descents and rocky hills. You’ll get some elevation on this trail, which allows you to have this scenic view pictured above. You’ll be able to see the tree tops and gaze out at the forest for a truly unique view.
3. Jungle Gardens
The Jungle Gardens is a lush 170-acre botanical garden and bird sanctuary located on Avery Island. As you stroll through the peaceful surrounding, you’ll have the opportunity to see countless wildlife and beautiful flowers in bloom. Address: Hwy. 329, Avery Island, LA 70513
4. Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Located in the tiny town of Delcambre lies a hidden gem that simply must be seen to be believed. The Rip Van Winkle Gardens sit on a beautiful 15-acre property nestled along Lake Peigneur that will delight your senses. Keep your eye out for the peacocks that roam the area! Address: 5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd., New Iberia, LA 70560
5. Chicot State Park
With over 6,400 acres of rolling hills and scenic water views, you could spend an entire weekend at this massive state park and still not see everything. There’s an extensive 20-mile hiking trail that encircles Lake Chicot and offers up some of the most spectacular scenery you’ll find in Louisiana. Address: 3469 Chicot Park Rd., Ville Platte, LA 70586
6. Louisiana State Arboretum
While you’re at Chicot State Park, pop on over to the Louisiana State Arboretum located within the park. The 600-acre site is the oldest state-supported arboretum in the country and features an informational Visitor Center with interactive exhibits and trails that will lead you through some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the state. Check out our recent feature article
for a peek at what you’ll find at this amazing arboretum. Address: 1300 Sudie Lawton Lane, Ville Platte, LA 70586
7. Cypremort Point State Park
From the man-made beach to the 100-foot fishing pier, there’s something for everyone at Cypremort Point State Park. The 185-acre property has several cabins if you’d like to make a weekend out of it, and it’s location on Vermilion Bay attracts fisherman and sailboats, making this an ideal spot for outdoorsmen. The sunsets here might just be the most mesmerizing in the state, so be sure to stick around until dusk. Address: 306 Beach Lane, Cypremort Point, LA 70538
8. Kiroli Park
Located in West Monroe, a road trip to this incredible park is an absolute must. The 150-acre park is jam-packed with peaceful trails, perfectly manicured gardens, and playgrounds catering to children of all ages and abilities. Address: 820 Kiroli Rd., West Monroe, LA 71291
9. Grand Isle
For a day of fun in the sun, head on down to Grand Isle. This beautiful barrier island has seven miles of public beaches to enjoy, perfect for soaking up some sun, reaching for seashells, or doing some shore fishing. With more than 280 species of fish in the surrounding waters, Grand Isle is truly a fisherman’s paradise, so bring your rod and reel and catch yourself some dinner.