Getting Lost in Louisiana
Three kids in tow, one family adventures across the bayou state.
Paul and I have always loved to travel, but as the family expanded, we scaled down our larger trips into shorter, weekend jaunts. As we began uncovering the kid-friendly side of every destination, we decided to share our trips and tips with others interested in exploring Louisiana. Armed with a laptop and a Nikon (and lots and lots of snacks), our family of five is currently working our way across the Bayou State (and sometimes crossing the border!).
Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans' City Park With Thanksgiving behind us and the tree ready for decorating in our front room, I can officially say we're full swing into the holiday spirit. This is the time of year I make my wish list of must-hit events and...
Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife RefugeOn this gorgeous fall weekend, we took advantage of the weather to revisit two of our favorite hiking trails on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Despite being surrounded by towns and cars and people, the Northlake Nature...
On previous trips to St. Francisville, we always head straight for the historic town, walking the shaded main streets and shopping at Grandmother's Buttons before setting off to tour a nearby plantation. Although we see the sign for Port Hudson State Historic Site as...
Jungle Gardens at Avery IslandOn one of the last cool weekends before summer, we jumped in the car to visit Avery Island, home to Tabasco as well as the beautiful oasis, Jungle Gardens. On previous trips, we always took I-10 from New Orleans to Breaux Bridge and then...
Irises in bloom at Lafitte's Wetland TraceWe've been on a kick lately traveling to the end of all the roads in Louisiana--first in Plaquemines, then St. Bernard and now Jefferson via the Town of Jean Lafitte. It's altogether quite a different drive than the other two,...
Fall at Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve Although we've explored the trails at Jean Lafitte National Park's Barataria Preserve dozens of times, every trip brings new discoveries. Sunday was the perfect day to visit, with mildly cool weather accented by...
The official state wildflower of the state, the Louisiana Iris can be found blooming across the state but is more abundant in the lowlands and swamps. One of our favorite places to see them are in Jean Lafitte.
Kristy’s Top 5 Road Trips in Louisiana
1. St. Francisville
Arguably the most picturesque small town in the state, filled with historic plantations, stories of ghosts and the drawings of John James Audubon, beautiful gardens, a walkable historic district and proximity to Tunica Hills’ waterfalls and Cat Island, home to the largest bald cypress tree in the world.
2. Cajun Country
From Lafayette south, Cajun country is a land of boudin and Cajun dance halls, Tabasco and salt islands, the other-worldly Atchafalaya Basin and meandering, scenic bayous. It’s a place where French is woven into everyday language, good food is a way of life and music festivals dominate the weekends.
3. Grand Isle
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Some of the amazing photos from across the state.