Unique culture thrives on the bayou

Home to Mardi Gras, the Bayou and some of the South’s most beautiful plantations, Louisiana is full of passion, charm and plenty of excitement. The state, which is bordered by Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and the Gulf of Mexico, enjoys mostly warm weather year-round.

The rich sights and sounds of New Orleans makes this city on the southeastern coast of Louisiana one of the most popular in the United States. Its unique Cajun and Creole influences can especially be enjoyed during the popular festival of Mardi Gras. If late-night parties aren’t your thing, head a little west to Louisiana’s infamous swamps of bayou country. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is studded with cypress and tupelo trees, as well as unique wildlife like alligators, wood ducks, water snakes and tree frogs. For some relaxation, head to Grand Isle or Holly Beach for stunning beaches along the Gulf of Mexico that offer great opportunities for fishing, camping and birding, as well as just kicking back on what is known as “the Cajun Riviera.”