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Whether you've been or not, most people are familiar with the gem of Louisiana: New Orleans. However, there's much more in Louisiana than just the Crescent City. A visit to Louisiana is full of culture and things to do that makes it one of the most unique states in the U.S. to visit. Today, we discuss the best cities in Louisiana and what to do in each.

 

New Orleans

New Orleans Bourbon Street
The better question is: “What's there not do in New Orleans?” The Crescent City is a melting pot of culture, great food, history, and people that love their city. No visit to New Orleans is complete without a stroll down the French Quarter. While a weekend afternoon is a bit more tame, if you like a good party, than they know how to throw one almost every night in the French Quarter. For breakfast or an early morning snack, don't miss Cafe Du Monde, which is famous for their mouth-watering beignets.

 

 

Lafayette

Lafayette crawfish and shrimp
While Lafayette is one of the largest cities in Louisiana, it often gets overlooked due to New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Nonetheless, Lafayette is at the core of Louisiana's Cajun culture. For the best experience in Lafayette, take a food tour, which introduces you to Louisiana's renowned Cajun cuisine. After the sun goes down, head to Prejean's Restaurant, which has been serving Cajun cuisine for over 30 years. Not to mention they have great live music.

 

 

Shreveport

Shreveport at dusk
Shreveport is somewhat a lonely island in Louisiana, located in the northwest corner of the state. Surprising to many is its close proximity to Dallas, Texas. Travel to Shreveport and you will realize its history is easily noticed, as many enjoy a drive through the city to see the many beautiful mansions. A good break from the Louisiana heat this time of year is Sci-Port, an interactive science center that includes hands-on exhibits, IMAX, and a planetarium. It may not look like much from the outside, but make Strawn's the one place you visit for food. It features delicious southern home cooking, but is famous for their pies, which includes strawberry and chocolate.

 

 

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge swamp tour

Just up from New Orleans is the capital of Louisiana: Baton Rouge. This is another great city to experience Louisiana's Cajun culture. For a real tour of the bayou, take a swamp tour, which gives visitors and up close and personal view of alligators from the swamps of Louisiana. One of Baton Rouge's best food experiences can be had at Zeeland Street Market. Arrive early for lunch to enjoy southern classics like fried chicken, biscuits, hash browns, and po-boys.

 

 

 New Iberia

TABASCO Factory in New Iberia

To get even more off the beaten path and break away from the bigger cities, then head toward New Iberia and Avery Island. Most of your time will be spent in New Iberia, but Avery Island makes for a good day trip. If for nothing else, do a tour of the TABASCO Factory. This is one of the best factory tours in the U.S. and worth the visit alone. For lunch or Friday dinner, enjoy surf and turf from one the best buffet restaurants in Louisiana at Taste-N-Sea in New Iberia. You may even be treated to live jazz music from local musicians. (Image: asimchoudri)

 

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