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Just as the landscapes of Louisiana turn from northern prairie to southern swampland, the mix of cultures and heritage is equally diverse. A unique blend of Spanish, French, African and American influences make for an intriguing music scene and a rather tasty cuisine. With a hotel in Louisiana you can visit beaches along the Gulf of Mexico or let your hair down in New Orleans, one of the world’s greatest good time cities. Louisiana represents a different kind of South, one where you’ll still hear French being spoken and where fun and music are the most important parts of the day.
New Orleans – The Big Easy, with its unique architecture, incredible music and pure sense of fun, has become one of the most iconic and visited cities on the planet. Get yourself a Louisiana hotel in New Orleans and see it all for yourself!
Arcadiana – The centre of the distinctive Cajun culture that’s completely unique to this part of the world. It’s the French language and cuisine distilled through the centuries, with a number of other influences added for good measure.
Northern Louisiana – The most traditionally Southern part of the state, this is prairie-land and where you’ll find both Shreveport and historic Indian burial mounds.
Central Louisiana – Also known as the Crossroads Region, it lies in the middle of the state, a mix of swamp land, pine forests and vast prairies stretching out to the north.
Florida Parishes - Formerly part of Florida and not included in the famous Louisiana Purchase, this part of the state is where you can book a hotel in the historic capitol Baton Rouge.
Start your trip with a visit to New Orleans, the Big Easy, and explore the beautiful and historic French Quarter. Tour the cemetery and learn more about the magic art of voodoo. Head out the city through the Great River Road Plantation country towards Natchitoches, the oldest town in the state and where you’ll find classic Louisiana mansions along the riverside. The Sicily Islands lie surrounded by the swampy floodplains of the vast Mississippi River, and Avery Island is a stunning nature reserve that’s teeming with subtropical plants and animal life.
Take a riverboat out on the legendary Mississippi River, visit the gorgeous City Park that’s covered in Spanish Moss and lazy bayous. Explore the unique Lafayette Cemetery No1 or learn more about the region’s creative side at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Eating out in New Orleans is an experience in itself but outside the city and across the state you’ll also find plenty of hole in the wall style Cajun eateries; here you can sample true home cooked food using recipes that span the generations. You can also learn to cook these recipes yourself at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Visit the capitol at Baton Rouge, take in a jazz show or drown your sorrows to the blues (both musical forms can claim their origins here). Then head out into the swamps and bayous on a boat tour.