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Tabasco Headquarters on Avery Island

New Orleans is easily one of the top destinations in all of the U.S. While things like Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill have been setbacks, the Crescent City has bounced back each time, offering travelers even more reasons to book flights to New Orleans. From beautiful architecture to Cajun cuisine to a vibrant nightlife, New Orleans has something for every type of traveler. However, some of the regions off-the-beaten-path attractions often get overlooked. Today, we highlight a few of the best day trips from New Orleans.

Avery Island:  Avery Island is one of America's most unique islands, as it's actually a salt dome. The island is popular among nature lovers for its diverse bird and plant life. However, it's most notable for TABASCO. Get to the island early and enjoy a tour of the TABASCO facilities and buy some fresh bottles to take back home with you.

Baton Rouge: With New Orleans so close by, Baton Rouge often gets overlooked. Some may be surprised to find out that Baton Rouge is actually the capital of Louisiana. This is one of the best places in Louisiana to experience Cajun culture and try the food that south Louisiana is so known for. Baton Rouge also features some great attractions, including the USS Kidd, Baton Rouge Zoo, and several different plantation homes.

Gulfport: Since New Orleans is close to the Mississippi border, Gulfport and nearby Biloxi aren't far away. We recommend leaving early if you plan on doing Biloxi and Gulfport. Biloxi is more popular among travelers who want to go to their famous casinos. Gulfport is Mississippi's second largest city and is your best chance for having an afternoon at the beach.

Oak Alley Plantation: If there's one plantation you go to in Louisiana, make it Oak Alley Plantation. This is one of the most famous plantations in America, having been featured in movies like Primary Colors and Night Rider. As the name presumes, the plantation is famous for the beautiful alley of oak trees that lead up to the mansion.

Lake Pontchartrain: Depending on how you get to New Orleans, you may find yourself crossing Lake Pontchartrain. However, it's not actually a lake, but rather an estuary, connecting to the Gulf of Mexico. Nonetheless, it's the largest lake in Louisiana. If nothing else, at least drive over the causeway, which is the second longest over-the-water bridge in the world at 24 miles.


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