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Your Louisiana vacation

What are you passionate about? In Louisiana, you name it and chances are there's a festival to celebrate it. In Rayne, it's frogs. In Ponchatoula, it's strawberries. And in Larose, it's cracklin'. We celebrate everything from food to music to art, to cultural heritage and history.

Each year Louisiana is host to more than 100 festivals, so come whenever you'd like. There's always a party going on. Come join in the fun.

In Louisiana, the fun never sets!

Best time to take a vacation to Louisiana

  • Louisiana experiences warm, humid weather for most of the year. If you're planning to visit the southern part of the state, around New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico, the best time to go is during the late spring or early fall. During the summer, temperatures often reach above 90F and the humidity is high, making days uncomfortable and sticky. Winters are cooler, but temperatures rarely sink below 60F. In the northern part of Louisiana, winters are significantly colder, with temperatures dropping to 30F. If you plan to go to destinations like Shreveport, the best time to visit is in the late summer or early fall. Book your hotels well in advance on Orbitz.com, especially if you are visiting during Mardi Gras.

Insider tips for Louisiana travel

  • Swamp Tours

    For a local's look at Louisiana, take one of the many swamp tours along the southern coast to spot crocodiles and other wildlife.

    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

    Escape the crowds in New Orleans and head indoors to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, where you can see thousands of species and interactive displays.

    Haunted Cemetery Tours

    If you're looking for a thrill, skip the daytime cemetery tours and head out at night for one of New Orleans' ghost tours.

    LSU Rural Life Museum

    Learn about Louisiana's preindustrial past at this outdoor museum in Baton Rouge, which has 28 buildings and countless artifacts from 1800 and earlier.

    Louisiana's Old State Capitol

    Step into the past at the old State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, which Mark Twain once called "the ugliest thing on the Mississippi."

Louisiana Vacation Packages

Hotel only $72

1 La Quinta Inn New Orleans Veterans / Metairie

2 stars
3.0 / 5 51 reviews

5900 Veterans Memorial Blvd Map

Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. The La Quinta Inn New Orleans Veterans / Metairie is just east of New Orleans International Airport, and only minutes from the south shore of Lake... More

Hotel only $65

2 BEST WESTERN Chateau Louisianne Suite Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 30 reviews

710 N Lobdell Boulevard Map

The BEST WESTERN Chateau Louisianne Suite Hotel! Experience this Baton Rouge, Louisiana hotel convenient to Capitol Center, Louisiana State University, the Blue Bayou Water Park and Dixie Landin' Amusement Park. Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Chateau Louisianne Suite... More

Hotel only $46

3 Super 8 Bossier City/Shreveport Area

2 stars
2.4 / 5 24 reviews

3101 Hilton Drive Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

* Welcome to the Super 8 of Bossier City, LA * We are the closest Super 8 Motel to the Casinos * Perfect home base for exploring all that Shreveport / Bossier City has to offer * Easy interstate access * Full amenities for both the business and leisure traveler *... More

Hotel only $66

4 Sam's Town Shreveport

4 stars
4.0 / 5 187 reviews

315 Clyde Fant Map

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Louisiana riverfront casino palace with Las Vegas-style action With 514 spacious rooms in a 23-story tower right downtown on the Red River, Sam's Town Shreveport is one of Shreveport-Bossier's best casino hotels. In addition to slot machines and gaming... More

Hotel only $108

5 Crowne Plaza NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER

4 stars
4.0 / 5 323 reviews

739 Canal St. @ Bourbon Map

Previously the Astor Hotel, the multi-story Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter grew organically from a collection of existing retail buildings and apartments, giving it a blended Crescent City charm. Inside, ironwork stair-rails, exposed brick walls, and mismatched... More

Hotel only $89

6 New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway

4 stars
4.2 / 5 103 reviews

3838 N. Causeway Boulevard Map

Rate includes breakfast

The charm and hospitality of the Crescent City begins at the New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway, a state-of-the-art gem located just seven miles from the heart of New Orleans. Awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award, our New Orleans luxury hotel blends the... More

Hotel only $89

7 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Baton Rouge

3 stars
4.4 / 5 25 reviews

4964 Constitution Avenue Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Baton Rouge is convenient to LSU (Louisiana State University), downtown Baton Rouge, and riverfront entertainment and casinos. Located in the Baton Rouge city center at I-10 and College Drive, this hotel offers easy access to regional... More

Hotel only $50

8 Ramada Bossier City

2 stars
2.6 / 5 42 reviews

4000 Industrial Drive Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Affordable Bossier City hotel with casino, free breakfast and free Wi-FiLocated in Bossier City near Barksdale Air Force Base, Ramada Bossier City serves both the business and leisure traveler at an affordable price. The hotel offers meeting and banquet space, a business... More

Hotel only $79

9 Hilton Shreveport

3 stars
4.0 / 5 55 reviews

104 Market Street Map

Save 20% on your stay

Plush business-class hotel connected to Shreveport Convention center One of Shreveport's finest hotels, Hilton Shreveport offers premium business-class services and a Downtown riverfront location. Adjacent to the Shreveport Convention Center, Hilton... More

Hotel only $116

10 Le Pavillon Hotel

5 stars
4.4 / 5 605 reviews

833 Poydras Street Map

Book and save 10%

Called the "Belle of New Orleans," Le Pavillon Hotel stands out from the crowd of cookie-cutter chain hotels. A member of Historic Hotels of America, Le Pavillon was built in 1907 and still retains its majesty more than 100 years later with its high ceilings, opulent... More

Louisiana highlights

  • Passionate about great food

    In Louisiana, our stars have names like Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme, Leah Chase, John Besh and John Folse. An epiphany is guaranteed with every spoonful, whether you're sampling Cajun, Creole, Soul Food, or something equally wonderful.

    We take food seriously here. At breakfast, we talk about where we're going for lunch. And at lunch, we talk about what we're having for dinner. At dinner, we talk about how good breakfast and lunch were. All this explains why it's so easy to find a great meal here.

    A great place to sample all Louisiana has to offer is at one of our many festivals. Or hop on the Louisiana Culinary Trail and take your palate to places it's never gone before.

  • Passionate about history and culture

    When the main characters in your history book include a patriot pirate, a former slave who owned a plantation, and two star-crossed lovers, your history can't possibly be boring. Louisiana has the most colorful history of any state and of many countries. Discover the fascinating stories of Jean Lafitte, Marie Therese Coincoin and Longfellow's Evangeline, the Cajun Romeo and Juliet.

    Follow the epic journey of the original Acadians to the heart of Cajun Country. Experience the rich cultural legacy of the Mardi Gras Indians. And learn firsthand of the Canary Islanders, Spanish colonists who arrived here in the 1720s and whose unique culture and language has been preserved until today.

    Tour Civil War battlefields. Learn about Storyville, the French Quarter's notorious red-light district where jazz was born. Splash ashore with the soldiers of World War II at the National D-Day Museum. And stroll the streets of Natchitoches, the oldest French settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory.

    We don't have to reenact our history. It's still alive and well and waiting for you to discover it.

  • Passionate about the great outdoors

    When the state's nickname happens to be "Sportsman's Paradise," there's a lot to live up to. Louisiana is home to some of America's best fishing, both fresh and salt water. When it comes to hunting, we're home to backwoods and bayous full of fowl and four-legged critters. And with one of the largest game preserves in the U.S. our state is also a natural habitat for many rare and endangered species, making Louisiana a "Bird Watcher's Paradise" as well.

    Louisiana has nearly 20 state parks located throughout the state, each carefully chosen for outstanding hiking, fishing, biking, birding and nature trails. Most feature bodies of water, campsites and picnic areas. Several have air-conditioned cabins or group camps available for rent.

    And if you'd rather hunt your birdies on a world-class golf course, welcome to the Audubon Golf Trail--twelve top courses that play, you guessed it, twelve months a year. Come experience the courses of Hal Sutton, Pete Dye, David Toms and the most magnificent designer of them all–Mother Nature.

  • Passionate about music

    You may call it a washboard, but in Louisiana we can pick up just about anything and make music with it. The official language of Louisiana is music. A soulful mix of jazz, blues, Cajun, Zydeco and country, Louisiana is a song you can't get out of your mind. As rare as an oyster's perfect pearl, as raw as a gator's hide, as mysterious as the fog that blankets the bayous, as elusive as the aroma of jasmine on a hot summer night--in Louisiana, a world of musical experiences awaits you.

    The Louisiana songbook gave birth to musical artists as varied as Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tim McGraw, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Mahalia Jackson, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint and countless others. Even Elvis and Hank Williams, Sr. got early starts here in Shreveport on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show. And we also count the likes of Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Frankie Ford, the Dixie Cups and others as part of our music royalty.

    Head west to Eunice in Cajun Country and you'll discover the Liberty Theater, home of the "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" radio and TV program, a kind of Cajun "Prairie Home Companion."

    Stop your car anywhere in Louisiana, roll down your window, and odds are you'll hear great music.

  • Mardi Gras

    Held in February each year in New Orleans, Mardi Gras is one of the biggest parties in the United States. Parades, music, dancing and food are the highlights.

    Café du Monde

    A New Orleans mainstay, Café du Monde offers traditional French-American cuisine and world-class coffee.

    Zydeco Festival

    Listen to Zydeco music in its birthplace, Plaisance. Over two days, you'll find dancing, rowdy crowds and numerous Zydeco groups.

    Acadian Village

    The Acadian Village is a tiny Cajun community near Lafayette where you can see replicas of historic houses, period buildings and museums.

    Acadian Cultural Center

    Learn about the Cajun history in Louisiana at this museum in Lafayette, which includes interactive displays and historic artifacts.

    Bord Du Lac Park

    Located in beautiful Lake Charles, the Bord Du Lac Park is ideal for picnicking, biking and swimming.

    L'Auberge du Lac Casino

    If gambling is your thing, the L'Auberge du Lac Casino in Lake Charles is the ideal place to spend a day or two.

    8th Air Force Museum

    If military history is your thing, don't miss this museum, which is located in Shreveport and displays equipment and uniforms.

    Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop

    For a look at old-fashioned metal forging, check out the Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop in Gretna.

    Pearl River Eco-Tours

    Explore Sidell in an environmentally friendly way with an ecotour, which features experienced local guides.