An overview of the best places to visit in Louisiana: Where the Barataria Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, there is a barrier island known as Grand Isle.On that isle, the main town goes by the very same name.Jubilance is a way of life in Lafayette, something the students at the University of Louisiana campus take to heart.

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Founded at the beginning of the 18th century as a French settlement, Natchitoches is now known for its historic district.

A brick street along Cane River Lake is the perfect place to set off on a walking tour, spotting charming colonial homes and more than a few bed and breakfasts offering quaint accommodation and afternoon teas.

Despite the name, Avery Island is inland, and it is actually a salt dome.

Most people know Avery Island because it is home to a seriously spicy condiment: Tabasco sauce!

This Creole plantation thrived in the early 19th century, when it was better known as the Duparc Plantation.

Before the Civil War, the plantation grew and harvested sugar cane.

The Art Deco Louisiana State Capitol is a stunning structure, but many locals argue that the Old State Capitol from the 19th century is even more beautiful.

The city of Lafayette is in the heart of Cajun country, making it a destination you won’t want to miss.

The Grand Isle State Park overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, and swimming, canoeing and fishing are all popular pastimes.

In the summer, fishing rodeos bring the local community together and provide ample fresh fish for regional restaurants.

Just outside of Lafayette is the small parish town of Breaux Bridge.