Best known for its world famous port city of New Orleans, it is but a prelude to a state of enchantment.
Louisiana's four distinctly different regions include:
Step back in time more than 150 years and recall the grand days before the American Civil War. In the 1850's more than three quarters of America's millionaires were clustered in the region between Natchez and New Orleans, their wealth based on vast plantations of sugar cane and cotton.
Steamboats ferried these valuable crops down the mighty Mississippi River to the port city of New Orleans; they returned laden with crystal chandeliers, china, mahogany furnishings and carpets from far off lands. Plantation Country offers a rare opportunity to glimpse the lifestyle of America's antebellum past.
Louisiana's Cajuns know how to have a good time. The food, music and joie de vivre are legendary and celebrations mandatory! Everything from crawfish to zydeco music is reason enough to hold a festival or party. There is bound to be something happening during your visit - we'll be sure to look in advance for your travel dates.
The breathtaking scenery and rolling hills of Louisiana's Sportsman's Paradise make the region a prime location for a holiday filled with outdoor activities. If you enjoy spending your time fishing, golfing, hiking and canoeing, you'll be in your element.
If you prefer big-city action, the larger cities of Sportsman's Paradise; Shreveport/Bossier City, Ruston and Monroe/West Monroe are brimming with excitement.
Home to the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territories, Crossroads is a region located in the centre of the state where the French and Spanish heritage of South Louisiana meets the English-speaking, pioneer culture of North Louisiana. Civil War battles were fought in this region and, before that, Spanish traders travelled through on their route to Mexico.
Alexandia and Pineville, the main urban areas, sit on opposite sides of the Red River. Enjoy a downtown walking tour and plenty of fun on the river. The rest of the area is a mix of small town Main Streets and rural farms with quaint, weathered barns.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford