Named after King Louis XIV of France after René-Robert Cavelier claimed the territory as his own, much of Louisiana was formed from sediment that was washed down the Mississippi river. At that point, much of the land was formed of large deltas of coastal marsh, making it very swampy. A lot has changed since then, making the state a lot more habitable, in fact it is among the 25 most populated of the United States. Louisiana has a rich cultural heritage that creates for a fantastic holiday destination. Remember to fill out your ESTA application when making your Bayou travel arrangements.
The true spirit and flavour of New Orleans is to be found along Frenchmen street. Hands down, the best place for the real jazz and blues music as well as authentic Creole cuisine. There are plenty of live music bars and venues that line the street which means you will be spoilt for choice. Frenchmen Street is one of the biggest hotspot throughout the southern states, regularly attracting locals and tourists from all over the world.
Easily the most famous part of New Orleans thanks to its rich history, high energy, electric atmosphere and diverse architecture. The French Quarter has a buzzing nightlife, fine restaurants, art galleries and some of the most renowned jazz clubs. The entire area is easily walk able and is best enjoyed when you take your time. There is always plenty to see and do at any time of day and night. You enjoy a merry stroll along the banks of the Mississippi where you can see steamboats that are a sight to behold.
Forget busses and trains, streetcars are the only way to get around Louisiana. Streetcars are similar to trams and are the most popular way of getting around the Bayou state. The Regional Transit Authority is responsible for all the streetcars throughout Louisiana, and provides the public a way to hop on and hop off wherever they like in the best way to explore the different regions of the state. The vehicles also have cultural significance due to their reference in the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire which is also set in the French quarter of New Orleans.
St Louis Cathedral
This major landmark lies at the heart of the French Quarter, and it is the oldest cathedral that is still active throughout the entire United States. First built in 1794, St Louis Cathedral is a testament to classic architecture that has stood the test of time. The cathedral has even survived a bombing attack of the 1909 (with some repairs) and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which did cause significant damage to the Holtkamp pipe organ after the high wind pressure tore a hole in the roof.