Fun and Quirky Louisiana
Collected by Farah Fleurima, AFAR Local Expert
With its rich and colorful history, centuries-old traditions and culture, and some of the best and most interesting food in the South, Louisiana makes for an incredibly interesting tour. Here are some highlights worth checking out all across the state.
1475 Gerstner Memorial Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601, USA
The third generation of the native Guillory family is operating this always hoppin' barbecue joint. Specialties at the super-casual spot include house-made boudin (pork and rice sausage), smoked ribs, chicken and brisket, and cracklins, that...
3601 Bayou Rapides Rd, Alexandria, LA 71303, USA
For fans of plantation tours, this one in Louisiana brings the story of the Baillio family to life, with a tour of their historic home, built in 1796. Stroll from room to room and learn about how the family lived, and explore the grounds to see...
215 E Convent St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
This converted house is the mullet of buildings: Business in the front, in the form of a rooming house, and party in the back, with a hopping stage, bar and dance floor in the back. Don't be surprised if you find yourself bouncing to the music,...
717 Orleans St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
This gem right off Bourbon Street is close to the action but far enough (and insulated enough) to make you feel like you can get away from the frenetic pace of the city's most famous avenue at a moment's notice. Guest rooms are well-appointed and...
2320 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508, USA
For those times when you just want to dance as your dessert, Randol's is the place to be. It's a throwback dancehall that hosts Cajun and Zydeco bands to serenade you while you eat or compel you to get up and waltz around the stage. To provide you...
2829 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062, USA
Thanks to a robust cruise business, New Orleans is often a quick stop for travelers coming in only to leave again. When you've got a quick travel turnaround to make and want to be close -- but not necessarily in -- all the hubbub of NOLA proper or...
110 Frenier Rd, Laplace, LA 70068, USA
You simply can't tour Louisiana without taking a swamp tour by boat, and this tour company in the southeast tip of the state offers one of the best. Guides are as colorful and interesting as the scenery, injecting each tour with historical...
31025 LA-1, White Castle, LA 70788, USA
This superbly restored estate, once a sugarcane producer in the 1850s, is not just a beautiful place to take a guided or audio tour, it's a wonderful spot to stay. That's right -- you can spend one night or several at this AAA Four Diamond...
100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801, USA
Being situated within walking distance of Baton Rouge's vibrant downtown, this castle-like structure was once the political heart of the state of Louisiana. Now visitors can enjoy tours and an informational stroll through the hallowed halls of...
2006 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
Not far from the Ouachita River, this museum and home are tucked away in a charming residential neighborhood, and you'd never imagine the wealth of history hidden inside! The Biedenharn boasts a Coca-Cola museum that reveals the South's role in...
800 Front St, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA
With its sloping stone walls and ceilings and breathtaking vistas inside, it's easy to forget you're in a sports hall of fame. But once you're done admiring the fluid lines and modern architecture, enjoy this ode to the state's best and biggest...
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