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“Laissez les bon temps rouler!”

The living is easy in Louisiana, where “joie de vivre,” otherwise known as the good life, is the collective state of mind. New Orleans is the state of bon temps’ biggest draw, but travelers shouldn’t sleep on the likes of Baton Rouge, the Acadiana capital of Lafayette, or Lake Charles. Wherever you go, expect food and music to be at the heart of your trip.

Top 10 attractions in Louisiana

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Old Ursuline Convent

Old Ursuline Convent

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Came to New Orleans to get a taste of antiquity? Then look no further than the Old Ursuline Convent—the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley. But that’s not all – built in 1752, the convent is also a treasure trove of religious antiquity which features, among other religious treasures, the famous Archdiocese archives.Not just a documentary museum, this ancient antebellum mansion located in New Orleans Garden District also houses some of the best examples of opulent southern décor. Enter via the Chartres Street entrance and be met with the most beautiful manicured garden in New Orleans, while within the mansion, the first thing you’ll notice is a handcrafted cypress staircase followed by some of the most fascinating oil paintings featuring religious motifs. Other rooms tell the various histories of the Old Ursuline Convent—the building was once an orphanage, a makeshift hospital, and even a temporary residence for traveling bishops.Come visit this amazing example of French colonial architecture (the oldest surviving example in the United States) and see why locals have, for years, called the Old Ursuline Convent the “treasure of the archdiocese.”More
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LaLaurie Mansion

LaLaurie Mansion

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LaLaurie Mansion is not your regular tourist attraction. Also known as LaLaurie House, this French Quarter spot has a gruesome past involving torture, murder, and acts of brutality. The house is a regular stop on ghost tours of New Orleans and attracts visitors who want to learn more about the property’s spine-chilling history.More
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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

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Back when apothecary was not an antiquated term alluding to potions and snake oil, the pharmacist was near synonymous with potion-maker, and it was anything but the hallowed profession it is today. All that changed in 1804 when the Louisiana governor Claiborne passed a law requiring licensure of Louisiana pharmacists. Sworn-in after a three-hour oral exam held in another famous New Orleans attraction – the Cabildo building – pharmacists were required to practice a fair and honest craft in the Unites States from thereon out. Louis Dufilho was the first licensed pharmacist in the United States, and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum was once his proud shop.Today, the building stands as a testament to how far the profession has come, and is filled with antiquated vials, scales, and a fun old-timey feel. Come learn about the history of administrative medicine and step back in time for a moment to discover all that this extensive collection and interpretive educational programs represent.More
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French Market

French Market

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Located in the heart of New Orleans’ vibrant French Quarter, the French Market is a grand bazaar that serves as much as a cultural meeting place as it does a market space. In addition to hosting stall after stall of vendors hawking handmade goods and artisanal foods, the market doubles as a venue for a daily flea market and a twice-weekly farmers market. The French Market boasts the superlative as the oldest continuously operating open-air market in the United States, making it a part of living Louisiana history.More
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Garden District

Garden District

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New Orleans' Garden District is the epitome of Southern charm. Plantation-style mansions, which are among the most impressive in the city, feature wrap-around porches, verandas, and manicured gardens where there’s always something blooming. Streets are separated by stretches of green parks, and the historic cable car line runs along St. Charles Avenue.More
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Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation

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Famed for the 300-year-old allée of live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss that flank its main entrance, Oak Alley Plantation has more to offer visitors than a quintessential view of a Southern plantation. Highlights include numerous exhibitions exploring the complexities of Southern and Louisiana history, 1,300 acres (526 hectares) of grounds, and the historic house itself—all within easy driving distance of New Orleans.More
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French Quarter

French Quarter

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The French Quarter, with its vibrant atmosphere and unique blend of architectural styles, is easily New Orleans’ most famous and most popular area to visit. It's also the city's oldest neighborhood, and its elegant streets are lined with an appealing mix of lively bars—especially along the legendary Bourbon Street—historic monuments, delicious restaurants, and inviting jazz clubs.More
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Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street

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The infamous Bourbon Street, also known as Rue Bourbon, conjures up images of endless partying, drinks of all shapes and sizes, bachelorette parties, and of course, Mardi Gras. Outside of Mardi Gras season, visitors flock to this playground of the South for its Creole restaurants, live music venues, souvenir shops, and well-known drinking establishments.More
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Jackson Square

Jackson Square

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In the heart of the French Quarter lies Jackson Square, one of New Orleans’ most famous locations. A National Historic Landmark, it is home to St. Louis Cathedral and is often filled with locals and tourists who come to stroll the paths, catch the buskers and street performers in action, or just sit in the shade and watch the world go by.More
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Mississippi River

Mississippi River

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A central character in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the mighty Mississippi River has long captured the American imagination. Originating in Minnesota and sweeping across 95 river miles (153 kilometers) south to New Orleans where it spits out into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi is the largest river system in North America and has gained an almost mythical place in American history.More

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Best Weekend Getaways from New Orleans

Best Weekend Getaways from New Orleans

Top activities in Louisiana

New Orleans Airboat Ride

New Orleans Airboat Ride

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Oak Alley Plantation Tour

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Haunted Pub Crawl in New Orleans

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Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans
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Recent reviews from experiences in Louisiana

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Love the bayou
LoriA_L, May 2021
90-Minute Jean Lafitte Swamp and Bayou Tour
Beautiful area of Louisiana to see and fun to look for alligators!
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Capt. Paco ROCKs The Bayou!
Nancy_T, May 2021
New Orleans Small Group Airboat Swamp Tour
It was an incredible experience to get to see the beautiful waterways of Louisiana and hear the tales told in the language of the locals.
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Two amazing experiences in one day!
Renee_S, May 2021
Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans
It was also very interesting to visit the plantation.
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Fun day ride on an Airboat
Pamela_P, Apr 2021
New Orleans Airboat Ride
Great way to see the Louisiana Bayou!
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Great for the value!
Haley_S, Apr 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Swamp Tour Combo from New Orleans
The swamp tour was very fun and a great way to see another side of Louisiana!
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Fun get-out-of-the-city adventure
Wendy_A, Mar 2021
Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans
Fun to see some of Louisiana outside of New Orleans- lots of gators as promised.
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Great Experience!
Holly, Jul 2021
Small-Group Swamp Tour by Airboat with Downtown New Orleans Pickup
I grew up I Louisiana, so a “swamp tour” was not particularly high on my list of things to do this past visit, but with friends visiting I thought they would enjoy seeing it and boy was I all around impressed.
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Best time ever!
Jennifer_S, Jul 2021
New Orleans Airboat Ride
My son and I came down from Alaska to visit.
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Great day!!!
Ashoema, Apr 2021
Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans
the history of the Laura plantation, the yummy lunch and gorgeous gardens at Houmas House & getting to see a different side of Louisiana history outside of NOLA.
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Great experience!
Maksim_V, Nov 2020
Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans
We were able to see the swamps and two plantations along with learning a lot of new things about Louisiana and New Orleans.
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St. Joseph and Whitney Plantation Tour!
Sharon_S, Oct 2020
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Will definitely do another one when I am back next Spring!
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Geest experience
Lauren, Feb 2020
Oak Alley Plantation Tour
The only down fall is the ride is about an hour, one way.
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What a great adventure!
janetlynnb, Feb 2020
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
What a great way to see and experience the French Quarter with a walking food tour.
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Out of town venture
dannymearse, Sep 2019
Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans
We had some friends come in from out of town and they wanted to see the city of New Orleans Louisiana.
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The tour guide was great. We fed...
Bradfort S, Feb 2016
Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans
I would recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see the bayous of Louisiana.
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Great experience! The guide was...
Roger J, Nov 2014
Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans
The guide was excellent and made it easy for everyone to see the animals.
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This was the best thing we did...
Kathleen W, Oct 2013
Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans
He gave us considerable info about the bayous in Louisiana and we got to see lots and lots of alligators - even got to hold a baby one!
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A little sunshine in a dreary COVID filled NOLA
ReeseB, Jul 2020
New Orleans #1 Haunted Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Tour
It was the highlight of our trip to NOLA for a midsummer COVID break.
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It was cold, but good way to spend a few hours in January!
smdupont, Jan 2020
Large Airboat Swamp Tour with New Orleans Pick Up
Still a bit bummed we didn't see other wildlife, so it's really best to go in warmer weather to see things.
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Whitney Plantation and Crescent City tours
lorettadjordan, Dec 2019
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
We learned so much on our tour, had access to fantastic literature in the gift shop and got to see a very realistic view of slavery that was not sugar coated which was exactly what we were looking for.
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