Disclosure: This article is not sponsored but some of the pictures I’ve included of the most beautiful things to see in Louisiana were taken on my recent visit to the Lousiana North Shore and New Orleans. As always, all opinions are my own.
When the majority of people think about Louisiana, their first thought is partying on Bourbon Street. Next, the quaint cottages of the French Quarter, live jazz music or a paddlewheel boat on the Mississippi might come to mind. What a lot of people don’t realize is that Louisiana has many phenomenal places of natural and architectural splendour. So next time you are planning a trip, make sure to add a few of these beautiful things to see in Louisiana.
7 Most Beautiful Things To See In Louisiana
Subtropical plant life and ancient live oaks covered with wild muscadine and drapes of Spanish moss conceal this ecological oddity. It is one of the five islands sitting atop a rock salt deposit that is deeper than Mount Everest is high! This hidden gem is any nature lovers’ dream who will love the Jungle Gardens which is the 170-acre remains of a former nursery. Food lovers will enjoy a visit to the Tobasco pepper sauce plant which is what makes Avery Island famous.
Bayou originates from a word that means “small stream” in Choctaw. They criss-cross much of the Louisiana landscape and are a source of resources and tourism dollars for locals. A visit to the bayous is an ideal way to see Louisiana wildlife in its natural state.
If travelling by car, slow down alongside a bayou bank and you might spy a heron caught by surprise taking flight, or a baby gator swimming to the water’s surface to sunbathe. If you are visiting the area for longer, consider booking a bayou boat tour. Recently while visiting the north shore of Lake Ponchatrain, I took a sunset boat tour with Lousiana Tours and Adventures on the Tchefuncte River. During our tour, we saw alligators, egrets, herons, bald eagles, diving ducks, deer and an owl. Before heading home, we experienced a glorious sunset beside the Mandeville lighthouse. It definitely belongs on the list of most gorgeous things to see in Louisiana!
The Causeway Bridge stretching across Lake Ponchatrain from New Orleans to the Lousiana North Shore is an iconic bridge holding the world record for the longest bridge extending over water. It is a great addition to a trip to New Orleans. Take the bridge and end up in picturesque Mandeville where you can shop, eat and visit the bayous mentioned above.
The French Quarter in New Orleans is one of the oldest parts of the city. In my opinion, it is also one of the most beautiful. I love the old buildings, wrought-iron balconies and hurricane shutters. The homes are also painted in every colour of the rainbow. Walking through the quarter makes me happy!
This spectacular New Orleans’ park is twice the size of Central Park. It boasts the biggest selection of awe-inspiring oak trees in the entire world. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city during your trip. Visit the Cafe du Monde in the park to get a coffee and beignet fix while strolling the park. It’s a must-visit every time I go to New Orleans.
This beautifully weird and fascinating sculpture garden is one of the most captivating works of outside art in the country. The garden maintains some of the first rose bushes and banana trees planted on the site. Chauvin Sculpture Garden is a lavish and serene place but holds an atmosphere of despair, a strand of friction formed by the excess of sculptured self-portraits of the artist, who shows up throughout the site as a modest witness to the entourage of angels. Tormented and disturbed, this garden is brilliant.
The largest antebellum mansion still standing in the south, Nottoway is essentially a white castle and it’s stunning. Full of fascinating history, the extravagant mansion boasts 53,000 square feet, hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, 22 enormous columns, immaculate all-white oval ballroom and an array of other exquisite features. You can visit to take a mansion tour, visit their museum, or stay in one of the 40 over nigh rooms.
Ok, I realize that there are many, many beautiful places to see when visiting Louisiana (many, many more than 7). However, I hope that you now have a few new ideas to add to your next visit.