The evocation of this southern American state is enough to create an avalanche of images: the old cotton plantations, the New Orleans carnival, the bayous populated by alligators, jazz, Cajun culture... So many attractive paintings that reality does not deny. A multifaceted destination, it is all this that constitutes its DNA, but even more so, and this is what the Louisiana tourist guide intends to present. Music lovers will be delighted in the French Quarter in New Orleans, where blues and jazz are heard, while in the Cajun country, worn wooden floors take the repeated heels of zydeco dancers. The unique blend of white American, Creole and black cultures has also made Louisiana a blessed land for food lovers, and all these influences are found in typical dishes such as po'boy sandwiches and jambalaya. A hydrofoil ride in the marshes to meet alligators several meters long will delight lovers of thrills, while the land of plantations and its sumptuous villas will satisfy history buffs, immersing them in the turpitudes of the colonial era and the American civil war. Lafayette and its region will seduce travellers who want to meet the Acadians, a warm and welcoming population that is the guardian of a unique francophonie, the one that calls mosquitoes mosquitoes! After Katrina, Louisiana gets up and does what it does best: "Let the good times roll. »

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When to go to Louisiana?

When to go to Louisiana? Between the end of January and the beginning of March, at carnival time, of course! Care will be taken to book flight and accommodation well in advance - a year's anticipation is the norm here - as fares are seriously flared up at this major New Orleans celebration. The winter season is also recommended for admiring the delirious Christmas decorations and celebrating in the Louisiana capital. Outside the city, however, major tourist sites are closed. That's why nature lovers looking for the best time to travel to Louisiana will prefer spring and fall. In addition to enjoying more affordable rates than during carnival, the weather in Louisiana is sunny and hot from April to June: the flora is in full swing, the fauna is fully out of its winter numbness and the JazzFest is in full swing in New Orleans. After an episode of strong tropical heat in summer (80 to 90% humidity!), the temperature becomes pleasant again for tourism in Louisiana from September to November, the vegetation is then luxuriant and the fauna very active. Autumn is also the alligator hunting season. When to go to Louisiana? Except for the hot July and August, every season has its charm

How to go to Louisiana? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

There are several tour operators specializing in Louisiana, offering thematic trips (around history, gastronomy, nature or music) to get a fairly complete idea of the region's riches and can tailor a trip to suit you. Most of the organized tours start in New Orleans and offer a road trip to the territories of the Cajun country, in the heart of the bayous and in the sumptuous Creole plantations bordering the Mississippi

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Louisiana is very easily accessible to independent travellers, and if English dominates public life in the state, we will have the pleasure of hearing French from another era when we travel to Lafayette and the Cajun country. Louisiana residents are warm and will be happy to help you. To travel through the territory and some national parks, renting a car can be very useful. In New Orleans, public transportation will be enough.

With the exception of large urban areas, public transport is rarely practical for travellers and provides poor service to outlying cities and suburbs. However, they are generally cheap and reliable. If New Orleans is a pleasant city to visit on foot or by bike, there are day packages combining buses and the famous Crescent City tramway. We would prefer to rent a car to drive through the rest of the state and its wide open spaces

Prepare for your trip Louisiana

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to go to Louisiana? Between the end of January and the beginning of March, at carnival time, of course! Care wil...
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Weather forecast

The temperature in Louisiana depends on its subtropical climate, with a very hot summer and a mild winter. Jan...
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Budget

The currency is the American dollar, and it is always good to have quarters aside for small expenses (buses, c...
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Formalities

French nationals traveling to Louisiana must have a valid biometric or electronic passport, or a valid individual mac...
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Health

A trip to Louisiana does not require you to be vaccinated before leaving. But as with any travel, it is advisable to...
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How to travel by yourself?

Louisiana is very easily accessible to independent travellers, and if English dominates public life in the state, we...
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How to get organized?

There are several tour operators specializing in Louisiana, offering thematic trips (around history, gastronomy, natu...
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Getting around

With the exception of large urban areas, public transport is rarely practical for travellers and provides poor servic...
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