Louisiana is a beautiful state dominated by unique and diverse geographical features. From lakes and swamps to prairies and farmlands, it provides you an experience of the coolest things, like world-class jazz music, the best Louisiana malls, and delicious regional food.
Its wetlands and swamps offer excellent spots of boating and fishing. Louisiana has also earned itself several names, including the ‘Sportsman’s Paradise,’ ‘Pelican State,’ ‘Bayou State,’ ‘Child of the Mississippi,’ ‘Sugar State,’ and ‘The Boot.’
Home to some of the most spectacular sight spots and shopping hotspots, you can’t afford to miss some fantastic places to explore in Louisiana.
Here are some things you should add to your priority list when you are exploring the state.
The Old State Capitol
If you want to enjoy the historic charm of the state, head to The Old State Capitol to get awestruck by the Gothic-Revival-style architecture of the building. Resembling an old castle and sitting on a hill overlooking the Mississippi River, this historical landmark houses a political museum that displays artifacts, documents, and other exhibits to speak of the grandeur of the state’s history.
You can’t miss trying a drink at the infamous Bourbon Street. The place is a heaven for people who like trying new drinks and are party piñatas. The Bourbon Street offers an endless supply of drinks in all flavours, shapes, and sizes and is a hub for strip clubs, bachelorette parties, and Mardis Gras. It witnesses the most footfall during the Mardis Gras season; however, visitors also often hit Bourbon Street for the drinking establishments and cocktail and piano bars, like Old Absinthe House, Johnny White’s Bar, and Pat O’Brien’s.
The famous shopping malls in Louisiana
A holiday without shopping is incomplete. So, if you are in Louisiana, you should definitely visit the famous “Mall of Louisiana,” as it is one of the best malls in the state. It houses large departmental stores, such as Dillards, Macy’s, JCPenny, and Sears. Another mall, the Louisiana Broadwalk, allows you to buy every item from clothing to jewelry and offers you delicious food from its best dining venues. Additionally, Canal Place, Pecanland Mall, Fremaux Town Center, etc., are the other great places where shopaholics can hop.
The Garden District
Start your state tour by exploring the epitome of southern charm—The Garden District. The area is lined with towering beautiful Victorian homes and lush green gardens. So, take a walk in this beautiful willow-covered arena with your loved one. You can satiate your brunch pangs from several bars and restaurants. Shopping purists can fulfill their desires from some of the best shopping options along its Magazine Street.
St. Martins de Tours Catholic Church
Established in 1765, this Church is a must visit when you are in Louisiana. The present structure built a little later, has a replica of the Grotto of Lourdes. The Church’s left-wing is home to the grave of Emmeline Labiche, who was believed to be the heroine of the poem Evangeline. Also, there is a statue of Evangeline standing in the churchyard.
Head to this national historic landmark and a colourful city plaza, which is home to the St. Louis Cathedral. Jackson Square attracts a large number of visitors. It offers them the opportunity to enjoy a plethora of street performances, buy from the local shops, and imbibe coffee at the famous Cafe du Monde.
The Old Ursuline Convent
If you are into antiques, you must add The Old Ursuline Convent to your list. It is the oldest building in the New Orleans city of Louisana that treasures religious antiquity and features the famous Archdiocese archives. With the best display of southern décor, its Chartres Street entrance can leave you dumbfounded with some of the most beautifully manicured gardens of the city.
Louisiana is a diverse state that is not limited to the above-mentioned places. While there is much more to explore in the state, the listed tourist attractions are some of the most famous ones that witness a massive footfall of visitors from different corners of the world, again and again. Therefore, when visiting Louisiana, try to visit these places to enjoy your stay to the fullest.