Vacation rentals in Louisiana

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Your guide to Louisiana

All About Louisiana

Louisiana is an ecologically diverse southeastern state with populated marshy wetland coasts lying in the warm Gulf waters and a rural northern expanse that hosts sprawling eastern red-cedar woodlands. However, the diversity of Louisiana extends beyond its ecologies and natural areas; French, African, Indigenous, and Canadian cultures are reflected in the state's distinct Creole and Cajun traditions. The city of New Orleans is particularly exemplative of the influences of these traditions when it comes to its world-renowned Mardi Gras celebrations and distinctive brand of jazz.

Louisiana has developed a unique culinary tradition born out of a mixture of the area's local food sources and eclectic cultural intermingling, with dishes based on seafood, French cooking, and African spices. Boiled crawfish, gumbo, and jambalaya can be found and enjoyed in high-end restaurants in Lafayette's vibrant downtown, cafes in the university town of Baton Rouge, and rural kitchens alike throughout the state.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Louisiana

As an expansive state that stretches from warm coastal gulf waters to upland forests and savannas, Louisiana experiences a wide range of seasonal variations unique to each sub-region. In general, though, the state experiences relatively stable high humidities throughout the year, with temperature swings characterizing most seasonal differences. The summers tend to be hot and humid, particularly in the coastal areas, while the winter months see temperatures drop to levels that may require a light coat and a few layers to keep warm.

The spring is an excellent time to look for cabin rentals in Louisiana as the weather is mild and the often muggy summer conditions have yet to hit. There are more than 400 festivals that occur throughout the year in Louisiana, including Mardi Gras, with spring trending as the busy season for the food and music-centered events.

Top things to do in Louisiana

New Orleans French Quarter

One of the most famous neighborhoods in the entire country, the French Quarter in New Orleans is renowned for its stunning Creole and Greek Revival architecture characterized by wrap-around wrought-iron balconies and colorful stucco exteriors. But, beyond the enchanting aesthetic, the area attracts visitors with its live music and smells of sweet fried beignets that drift down the streets.

Old State Capitol

The Old Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, commonly known as the State House, is the former home of the 19th century Louisiana state legislature and is now a museum. The building’s Gothic Revival architecture is striking from the outside with dramatic white towers and a stark presence. Inside are winding staircases and a rainbow array of stained glass that make up the statehouse dome, casting colorful bands of light throughout the building.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Named after a 19th-century pirate, this historical preserve is dedicated to preserving the unique ecologies and creole cultures found in the Mississippi River Delta region. Several cultural and visitor centers scattered about the area highlight the notable French Cajun people who have called this area home for generations. At the same time, bayous and swamp ecologies form a maze of wilderness areas ripe for exploration on footpaths and airboats alike. Snakes, turtles, birds, and alligators can be seen swimming alongside kayaks and riverboats in this meandering river delta preserve.

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