Great Cities to Visit in Louisiana:
- New Orleans
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
5 Fun Things to Enjoy in Louisiana:
- The French Quarter: While best known for its nightlife—particularly its jazz clubs—the French Quarter of New Orleans is also a great place to visit during the day, with historical sites, interesting shops, old-world architecture, and amazing cuisine. A family could spend all day strolling through the heart and soul of New Orleans.
- Steamboat Natchez: Take a ride on an old-fashioned Mississippi River steamboat. A two-hour cruise along the Mississippi River is a great way to spend the day. A night-time cruise with dinner and a live jazz band is also a unique way to experience Louisiana.
- Jean Lafitte National Historical Park: Bayous, swamps, alligators, battlefields, mansions, the Old South: it’s all here, preserved in six separate sites that offer the full breadth of Louisiana history, Cajun culture, and gulf-coast geography.
- Audubon Nature Institute: After being damaged by Hurricane Katrina, most of the park is open again, including the zoo, aquarium, insectarium, theater, and Audubon Park. A family could spend days exploring the wealth of activities available at Audubon.
- Sci-Port Discovery Center: This hands-on science museum in Shreveport offers exhibits and activities in astronomy, applied math, lasers, and more. Visit its planetarium and IMAX theater as well.
Major Convention Centers:
- Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center: Freshly renovated, state-of-the-art, and in the heart of New Orleans. This complex, comprising 1.1 million square feet of space, is the sixth-largest convention center in the U.S. and one of the most sought after, surrounded by the cultural experiences and night life of New Orleans.
- Shreveport Convention Center: Located in downtown Shreveport, this 350,000-square-foot facility is Louisiana’s second-largest convention center. Its versatility makes it a great location for trade shows, conferences, business meetings, weddings, and banquets.
Five national parks and 1,395 listings on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Cane River: This national historical area includes 116,000 acres of natural beauty and historical attractions, including the historical town of Natchitoches and the Creole National Historical Park, where visitors can learn about the French heritage of Louisiana and see a restored historical settlement.
While Louisiana does not have any NASCAR-sanctioned racing events, there are a number of small dirt and clay tracks worth checking out: