REGIONS OF LOUISIANA
Cajun Country: Cajun Country spans across the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, with the heart of the region in Lafayette. The first French Canadians settled in Cajun Country and developed a unique culture known for their dialect (Patois), spicy food, and Zydeco music. Cajun County is a perfect place to attend a lively crawfish boil, explore a historic antebellum home, tour the TABASCO® hot sauce factory, embark on an exciting Cajun swamp tour or stop by one of the region's many festivals and celebrations. One visit to Cajun Country and it's easy to see why the region's residents believe in joie de vivre — "The Joy of Life!"
Crossroads: Located in the center of Louisiana, the Crossroads region was once known as "No Man's Land," and wasn't included in the original purchase in 1803. But times have changed and this area is now notorious for its rich culture and beautiful and diverse natural habitat. The variety of geography in this region allows for a bevy of recreational activities such as water sports, fishing, hunting, and camping as well as the dining, fine accommodations and historical attractions in the larger cities of Alexandria and Natchitoches (the oldest city in Louisiana). A few standout experiences in this region are: a visit to the Kate Chopin House in Cloutierville, LA; Kisatchie National Forest, with over 800,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness; and Melrose and Frogmore Plantations — to name a few.
Greater New Orleans: From the world-renowned festivals of New Orleans, to the end of the Great River Road in Plaquemines Parish, this area offers a variety of experiences for visitors. The city of New Orleans has long been a refuge for the creative powers of artists, writers and musicians, and their influences can be seen around the city. New Orleans offers visitors beautiful architecture, a distinguished zoo and aquarium, night clubs, art museums and galleries, shopping, first-class cuisine, authentic music and streetcar and riverboat rides. Outside of this iconic city travelers can find a myriad of Louisiana adventures such as 900-acre exotic animal safari in Tangipahoa Parish, free ferry ride to visit the National Historic Districts of Algiers Point or a fishing boat charter from Venice or Empire in Plaquemines Parish. Throughout all of these regions visitors will find the kindness of the locals infectious and the unique culture of the areas fascinating.
Plantation Country: Home to Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital, this aptly-named region counts the majority of Louisiana's historical plantations, each one with its own unique history. Visitors to this region can experience these old antebellum estates by driving River Road or taking a walking tour in any one of Plantation Country's Parishes. From 1830-1831, Donaldsonville served as the state capital and it still contains pre-Civil War architectural structures including Ascension Catholic Church and St. Emma Plantation. For those visitors who enjoy outdoor sports, St. Charles Parish boasts swamps, bayous, lakes and the Mississippi River, making it the prefect place for any type of water sport or recreation. This region is also famous for antique shops, rustic churches, art galleries, and heritage museums, so take some time and explore all that this historical region has to offer.
Sportsman's Paradise: Located in northern Louisiana, Sportsman's Paradise takes advantage of its rolling hills, dense forests, bountiful wildlife, clear lakes and rushing rivers by offering outdoor adventures that include everything from bird-watching to deer and quail hunting to record-breaking trout fishing. For those who are looking for a cosmopolitan adventure, the cities of Shreveport and Bossier City offer shopping, international cuisine, riverboat casinos, the Gardens of the American Rose Center and the Barnwell Garden and Art Center.
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