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Whether you’re a fan of history, culture, music or fantastic food, you’ll find something in Louisiana to keep you happy. Explore the vibrant streets of New Orleans, gorge on classic Cajun dishes in Lafayette’s excellent restaurants and learn about Louisiana’s fascinating history in the many museums and historic sites that dot the area.
Summers in the state can be brutally hot, so unless you’re a fan of the heat, it might be best to book your flights to Louisiana at a cooler time of year. Although temperatures can remain high in the fall months, by November, things should start to become a little more comfortable. Book your flights to Louisiana between late-October and early-May to avoid the worst of the summer heat.
If you’re traveling to New Orleans and want to see the city at it’s most vibrant, fly to Louisiana between February and May. This is the time of year when the city celebrates its most colorful festivals including Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. As this is a popular time to visit the city, you’ll need to book your flights to Louisiana well in advance if you’re going to secure a cheap deal.
Make your holiday budget stretch that little bit further by booking your flights to Louisiana with Orbitz. One of the best ways to find cheap flights is to check the prices for services on alternative days. The cost of airfares to Louisiana can vary significantly during the week, so make sure you click the ‘Show flexible dates’ link on the Orbitz results page to find the best deal.
You might also find that changing your departure point can save you money. This is because low cost airlines often use regional airports as their bases. Click the ‘Nearby airports’ link on the result page to see which other departure points are within easy reach.
Located 11 miles west of central New Orleans, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International handles millions of passengers every year. Most of the flights that depart from the airport are bound for airports in the US, with Atlanta, Houston and Los Angeles the most popular destinations. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International offers a small choice of long haul flights to Europe, Central America and Canada. Buses, taxis and airport shuttle services are available at the airport.
Also known as Ryan Field, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is located around four miles from the state’s capital. The airport offers a small selection of departures to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas and Houston. Taxis, limos and shuttle services are available from the airport.
Shreveport Regional Airport is just outside the city of Shreveport, in the northwest corner of Louisiana. Flights depart from the airport for Atlanta, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver and Houston.
Most premium carriers and low cost airlines offer flights to Louisiana. Among those with the best choice of services are:
The easiest way to explore Louisiana is by car. Hire a vehicle when you touch down in the state and you’ll be able to get off the beaten path and explore Louisiana under your own steam.
If you have the time, you can take the train to some destinations in the state. Long distance routes connect New Orleans with a number of other states in the southern US and some regional services are also available. Greyhound buses link towns and cities not on the rail line.
New Orleans is undoubtedly Louisiana’s biggest attraction. The vibrant city has a huge amount to offer and is a great place to explore the state’s rich history, its musical heritage and its mouth watering cuisine. Spend your days strolling around the atmospheric streets of New Orleans’ iconic French Quarter and your nights having fun in its lively bars and restaurants.
The unofficial capital of Cajun culture, Lafayette is a great place to experience an authentic slice of life in Louisiana. Visit the Acadian Cultural Center to learn more about the region’s history or enjoy a meal at one of the city’s outstanding restaurants to taste some real Cajun flavor.
Located just to the south of Lafayette, Avery Island is home to the McIlhenny Tabasco factory and a wildlife sanctuary. Spend a day exploring the 250 acres of subtropical jungle that covers the island and get up close to Louisiana’s wildlife.
New Orleans can be incredibly busy during Mardi Gras, so if you’re planning on visiting at this time, make sure you book your flights and accommodation early. Louisiana operates on Central Time.
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