A melting pot of cultures and a place that truly packs a lot of soul, Louisiana is an American state that demonstrates the best of Southern hospitality and blends Creole and Cajun cultures (among others) excellently in its architecture, cuisine and personality.
No trip to Louisiana is complete without stopping by New Orleans for a day or two. Stay in the French Quarter and opt for a hotel designed in traditional New Orleans style. The many restaurants, bars, and coffee shops throughout Bourbon Street tend to be filled with jazz musicians and performers regardless of what time of day you venture inside. Try beignets - famous local pastries, or order up a steaming pot of gumbo or jambalaya to treat your tastebuds to the best creole and cajun cooking. Don't miss spectating the artists at work in beautiful Jackson square.
Wider Louisiana also has plenty to offer visitors. The Tabasco factory is a short drive from New Orleans and offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the spicy condiment and those who worked hard on the plantations to create it. Baton Rouge is also worth a visit and is actually the capital of Louisiana (though it sees less tourists than jazzy N'awlins). Opt to see the city in a unique way by taking a bayou river cruise along the Mississippi River.
The Spring and Fall months are the best time to visit Louisiana in order to escape the humidity.
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