Think Blanche Du Bois, the fading Southern Belle of Tennessee Williams' pulsating play "A Streetcar Named Desire". Think jambalaya, crawfish pie, filé gumbo. Think mysterious bayous, grand antebellum mansions and paddle wheelers on the Mississippi River. And most of all, think jazz, for its birthplace is right here, in the intoxicating city of New Orleans. Welcome to Louisiana!
There's a very special feel about one of the Deep South's most characterful and colourful states. With the mighty Mississippi carving a broad path north from the Tunica Hills south to the Big Easy, large swathes of Louisiana are water, with rivers, lakes, swamps and bayous throughout the state. There are rolling hills and pine forests too - but the further towards the Gulf of Mexico you travel, the steamier things get.
One of the big draws on Louisiana holidays is New Orleans, a mesmerising city where the sound of music is forever in the air and French, Spanish, African and Caribbean cultures collide to dramatic effect. The French Quarter with its amazing architecture, wrought iron balconies and unique atmosphere is totally unforgettable. But there are other places you shouldn't miss: quaint St Francisville in Plantation Country; historic 17th-century Natchitoches; Lafayette, in the heart of Cajun country; and the capital city Baton Rouge for starters.
Other things you'll love on Louisiana holidays include taking a boat tour through swamp country in search of alligators; enjoying a mint julep on the veranda of a plantation home; stopping by museums dedicated to everything from Voodoo to World War II; and savouring the fantastic tastes only Louisiana can serve up. From étouffeé to warm beignets and andouille sausage to seafood po'boys, you'll be experiencing the true flavour of the South.
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