Travel to Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles for an immersion in pure Louisiana culture.
A blend of French, African and American influences are found in Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun cultures. Enjoy festivals in Lafayette, where there are cultural experiences on every corner. Taste Creole cuisine in Baton Rouge, a city known for its authentic Louisiana fare. Have fun at entertainment resorts in Lake Charles as you feast on seafood delicacies from local lakes, rivers and the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Experience the heart of Louisiana as you visit these iconic destinations.
Experience Lafayette Culture
Rich in Cajun and Creole culture, Lafayette is the “happiest city in America,” according to a study by Harvard and Vancouver School professors. There is always an event or attraction showcasing the city’s heritage. At one or more festivals, enjoy mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, sip local brews, eat freshly caught seafood and dance to lively Cajun and Zydeco beats. Downtown, along Jefferson Street, browse eclectic shops, eat at the area’s best restaurants – The French Press is a must-stop – and enjoy art galleries. There’s plenty of cultural experiences waiting for you in the unique city of Lafayette.
Dancing at the Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette
A Food Tour of Baton Rouge
In Baton Rouge, find the best Creole cuisine in Louisiana. Sample slow-cooked and juicy seafood or tasty jambalaya. While tasting your way through the city, book a stay at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center, a four-star downtown hotel. Spend a Saturday morning at the Red Stick Farmers Market and browse locally sourced produce, meats, vegetables, poultry, dairy and baked goods. Eat brunch or lunch at Juban’s; seafood favorites include the Hallelujah Crab and Crabmeat Omelet. Stop at Strand’s Café after lunch for delicious homemade pastries and tea. Relax at the Hilton’s pool before a dinner feast at Mansurs on the Boulevard. Enjoy live Classical and Jazz piano music as you eat.
An array of tasty seafood ready to savor in Baton Rouge
Seafood and Resorts in Lake Charles
Rivers and bayous flow through Lake Charles in southwest Louisiana, creating diverse seafood options at local restaurants. Enjoy Cajun French and Creole cuisine and fill up on steaming crayfish-stuffed pistolets, fried boudin balls, boiled lobster, oysters and fresh blue crabs. Stop by Steamboat Bills Original Seafood Warehouse for crawfish étouffé or the Captain’s Platter with catfish, shrimp, oysters, crab and shrimp. Go to Luna Bar and Grill for tasty tuna and live music. Get a fishing license, hire a guide and try catching redfish, spotted trout, flounder and black drum. Lake Charles also features luxury resorts, such as Delta Downs, Isle Capri and L’Auberge, which all offer entertainment and great accommodations for a relaxing stay.