The larger than life state of Texas combined with the friendly, historic state of Louisiana will offer you a journey through ranches, plantation homes, swamps, historic hamlets, lively capitals and provide you with a taste of cajun and country & western music and nightlife.
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For music this evening try the Maison Bourbon Jazz Club or the House of Blues. You can dine at Antoine's, Brennan's or the Cafe Du Monde. Magazine Street is a great place for shopping, including antiques.
There are several antebellum mansions open for touring and if you like historic towns just touring in the historic district can be a very enjoyable experience in Natchez.
Riverboat casinos that have starred in many Hollywood productions line both sides of the Red River. Heaping plates of great food await. On the softer side the American Rose Centre is the nation's largest rose garden and there's plenty of scenic roads on which to get out into the Louisiana countryside.
By the time you reach Dallas you'll be near the Texas desert. Located 100 miles west of the largest oil deposit on earth, Dallas is the financial hub of the oil industry. It's been a shopping mecca since Neiman Marcus opened in 1907. In addition to the Sixth Floor Museum from which Oswald fired those infamous shots, Dallas also has the largest urban cultural district in the world. 227 acre Fair Park is home to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Nasher Sculpture Centre, the Meyerson Symphony Centre and more.
The West End Historic District is the entertainment and tourism anchor district of the City of Dallas, hosting over 7 million people each year.
The Dallas Arboretum is one of the finest show gardens in the Southwest, alive with colour throughout the year.
The McKinney Avenue Trolley lets you explore the Uptown area of Dallas while riding an authentic streetcar line. All trips are free and stops include the West End and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Welcome to Austin, the most unique city in Texas. The Texas State Capitol is one of the most beloved landmarks of the Lone Star State. At the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library you can experience life as it is played out on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. The wildflowers bring Texas Hill Country to life at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre. Barton Springs pool flows at a constant 68 degrees. There is a nightly spectacle when more than 1.5 million free tailed bats depart from beneath the Congress Street bridge at sunset. Of course there's Austin City Limits and the other music clubs that Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings brought from Nashville.
The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences is one of the largest collections in the world. They say if it's in natural history, it's likely represented at the museum. The Menril collection is one of the greatest private art collections in the US, displaying modern, tribal, ethnic and surreal art along with antiques, a Rothko Chapel, a Byzantine Museum and more.
At the Acadian Cultural Centre unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, you'll discover the story of the Acadian 'Cajuns' who settled in the bayous and marshes of this French province after they left Nova Scotia. Nearby Vermilionville is a 23 acre Cajun Creole heritage and folklife park that recreates life in the Acadiana area from 1765 to 1890.
If you want to 'get out into the swamp' the half day Atchafalaya experience is a must. The Atchafalaya Swamp, America's largest river swamp is Louisiana's answer to the Grand Canyon. Protected as a National Wildlife area, the vistas are pristine. Back on land there will be time to explore more of the Lafayette area and surrounding Cajun Country. If you're up for a drive the Jean Lafitte Scenic Byway takes you through several authentic historic towns deep in the bayous and backways. The Alexandre Mounton House and Lafayette Museum introduces you to the local history and culture in the home built by Jean Mouton, founder of Vermilionville.
On your last day as you leave New Orleans, know that you have visited a totally unique part of America in the Deep South. If you're not ready to leave yet, perhaps you may want to stay on and enjoy more of what America has to offer?
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