Travel

Charming Towns

Take a road trip through Louisiana and visitors will find the most charming small towns scattered throughout the Bayou State. Nestled among bayous, fields of sugar cane and cotton, and filled with historic properties, these small towns provide for outstanding…

Farther Flung: Traveling through the Gateway

Doth Union and Confederate troops had Corinth in its crosshairs during the height of the Civil War, due to its two strategic rail lines. The small town in the northeast corner of Mississippi was originally named “Cross City” for the…

Farther Flung: Party Like a Victorian

Despite buttoned up clothing, the Victorians knew a thing or two about pleasurable pursuits. They nicknamed historic Galveston Island “the Playground of the South,” for its more than 30 miles of shoreline, palm-lined Seawall, healthy marine air and bustling boardwalk.…

Eating Our Way Through Shreveport

  Go ahead, twist our arm! The 318 Restaurant Week, a citywide promotion of local restaurants organized by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and its partners, returns March 18 through 23 at more than 50 participating restaurants. Lunch and…

Traveler: Pirate Tales

The town of Jean Lafitte invites you to meet its favorite pirate and explore his Barataria wetlands with dry feet. Predictably, the town holds the title of unofficial guardian of its namesake’s place in history, but local bragging rights don’t…

Farther Flung: Southern Hospitality

Atlanta may be the most-visited but rarely-seen city in America — its international airport calls itself the world’s busiest in terms of passenger traffic. But if you’re like many travelers and only visit Atlanta to change planes, it’s time to…

Chasing Eagles

  Years ago, on a visit to Toledo Bend I spotted a bald eagle’s nest in a remote spot of South Toledo Bend State Park. When January rolled around this year and I was in bad need of a nature…

Hangin' in the Hub

Two hours from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, takes you to Jackson, New Orleans and the Coast, which is why it’s known as the Hub City. Shopping, craft breweries and art galleries dot the historic downtown and at the city’s heart lies the…

Breakaway largest ship to sail from New Orleans

This past week Norwegian Cruise Line brought its Norwegian Breakaway ship to the New Orleans port and now offers five- to 11-days cruises to the Caribbean. The Breakaway, named Best Cruise Ship for Families by USA Today, is now the…

Get Lost In A Corn Maze

Fall comes slowly to Louisiana, with temperatures taking their sweet time to drop and trees turning colors closer to Thanksgiving than Halloween. If you’re eager for something that smells and tastes like autumn, besides the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks,…

Louisiana Island Adventure

It’s one of the most intriguing and a surreal experience that Mother Nature has to offer in Louisiana – plus, it’s a national treasure. The Chandeleur Islands, a 50-mile long chain of uninhabited barrier islands, are part of the second oldest national…

Houma: How Sweet She Is!

There’s no question you’ve entered some place special when you drive down south into Houma, which lies in the coastal parish of Terrebonne.  Its one-of-a-kind topography is riddled swamplands, bayous, and wetlands; hence its title “Louisiana’s Bayou Country” is apropos. …

Seaside Summer

Grand Isle is an important part of the River Delta and dwindling Chenier Plain habitats, as well as a popular fishing and birding hub for both residents and visitors

The (Tunica) Hills are Alive

Louisiana is home to one of the most natural geological marvels around, especially unlike anything you would expect to find in our state. It’s a feast for the eyes and can be discovered deep within the Tunica Hills in West Feliciana…

Washington’s Treasure Trove

It’s easy to imagine the town of Washington, Louisiana in its heyday, when it was a bustling steamboat port transporting goods and cattle to New Orleans from Cajun Country via Bayou Courtableau. Most of the town is listed on the National…

Sail Away

Cruises out of New Orleans offer fun on the high seas and exotic locales

One Man’s Dream

LSU’s Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens in Baton Rouge is a 25-acre advanced course in who we are and why

Summering

Car sickness, breweries and the grand Southern tradition of road trips