There are many reasons why people should go and visit Louisiana. For one, it has 64 parishes. Each of the 64 parishes is unique in its own ways – its natural landscapes, historical landmarks, culinary heritage, etc. But all of 64 parishes share the bountiful treasures of the great Mississippi River and the rich cultural heritage left by the different cultures that inhabited Louisiana in the 16th century. Traces of the cultures from the Spanish, French, Canadian, German, Italian, Haitian, African-American, European and the Native American are omnipresent in their traditions, food, music, and arts. The mix of all these cultures had resulted to a unique cultural character that is distinctly Louisiana.
And people outside the state are interested to see such a rich character, unmatched in the world. Visitors are treated to some sort of time travel when they visit some of the interesting tourist attractions in Louisiana. For example, you would have this feeling that you are in the 19th century era when you go to the Acadian Village in Lafayette, Louisiana. It showcases authentic 19th century old homes built along the bayou reflecting the 19th century architecture. “Custom House” is how most of these homes are referred to. These authentic homes were carefully restored and moved piece by piece. The Acadian Village sits on a ten-acre area teeming with woodlands and refreshing gardens, making every traveler’s visit worth the while.
No traveler visiting Louisiana will ever miss out on New Orleans, the largest city in the state. People who want to feast on the unique architecture of the state will have to see the cathedrals and churches in New Orleans. One particular cathedral that stands out on Charles Street is the Saint Louis Cathedral. Designed by a French engineer, this grand structure was built around the early 18th century. This was the first building in New Orleans that utilized the “brick between posts” construction method. The cathedral features a clock placed in the façade of the Cathedral made in 1819 by a New Orleans clockmaker. With funding from the City Council, the clock and the bell including the central tower that housed them were constructed. The bell still rings out the hours. And this clock is a vision every traveler would want to take home when they leave New Orleans.
Another interesting Louisiana tourism destination and attraction is the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana. The plantation was restored in 1925, the first antebellum restoration along the River Road. The plantation sits on a 25-acre estate managed by a non-profit association that keeps it open to the public so everyone can enjoy the beauty and feel of life from the past. To make it more interesting for the visitors, tours are arranged and organized with guides dressed in period costumes and written transcripts of the history of the tour in Spanish, German and French languages.
Another of the many tourism activities in Louisiana is offered through a swamp boat tour in Houma on private property allowing tourists a closer view of the alligators and the wildlife. Local Cajuns living in bayou communities will also be visited as part of the tour as well as the blue crabs shedding their shells. The swamp boat tour offers the opportunity to get to know the local people and their unique lifestyles.