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Planning a Vacation to Louisiana: A Guide
Louisiana is an otherworldly place for newcomers in terms of what is on offer, from the captivating culture and history that has thrived for centuries, to the alien experience of traversing through the bayou on an airboat. Indeed, Louisiana has so much more to offer than just Mardi Gras and New Orleans, though those are certainly highlights. If you truly want to enjoy the ultimate trip to this enchanting state, you will want to follow this guide:
When to Go
There are a few options to choose from when visiting Louisiana.
For Mardi Gras
February – March
The biggest reason why people visit the state is to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans. This means visiting during peak time, meaning costs will be increased for accommodation, activities, and food. You may also have to contend with many other tourists. However, Mardi Gras is a great and fun tradition. Remember, Mardi Gras’s success is determined by how many plastic beads they collect. See if you can collect as many as possible!
For Good Weather
April – May, September – October
If you want to visit any other time of the year, the shoulder season is best. There will be fewer people, and the weather will be more manageable. This means you can enjoy activities without finding the heat too unbearable.
Where to Stay
You have a wide variety of choices when it comes to Louisiana. You can rent out a room in a hotel or resort; you can book an entire villa, or opt for a budget choice like a spare room or hostel. Whatever your budget, know your options. You can peruse all the available listings in New Orleans and beyond on VacationRenter, and enjoy listings from sites across the internet all in one place. Hiring out a person’s home through a trusted website, however, is a great way to ensure privacy and the comfort of being at home.
What to Do
There is a lot to do in New Orleans. Some top experiences you should definitely try to make time for include:
- Swamp Tours
- Cultural Tours
- Learning about the culture
- Hearing the Singing Oak
- Experiencing a séance
Voodoo, in particular, is deeply ingrained in the culture in New Orleans and Louisiana, and should be approached with an open mind and respect. It is utterly fascinating and definitely should be a key experience to enjoy on your trip.
What to See
Some top sights (outside of New Orleans) that you should make time for are:
- The Abandoned Jazzland
- Plantation Tours
- The Old Mansions
There is a lot to see and do in Louisiana, and getting out of New Orleans is a great way to experience the rich history and culture of the area. Immerse yourself into the vibrant and wonderful culture and environment of Louisiana. This is one trip you’ll thoroughly enjoy, regardless of the time of year you are heading there for, be it for Mardi Gras or ultimate relaxation. Be sure to try and experience as much as possible, no matter what.
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