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Most tourists visiting Louisiana arrange their itineraries around New Orleans. But although this exciting and unique city is well worth the trip, the state boasts many other attractions. Beyond the Big Easy, Louisiana maintains the joyful, hedonistic spirit that made New Orleans such a global favourite. The city's good music and good food are found across the state.
Baton Rouge, the capital, is a worthy sightseeing destination, with a number of acclaimed museums and historic buildings. The old plantation mansions in the surrounding area are evocative reminders of Louisiana's history and many examples are well preserved and maintained as living museums.
The alligator-filled bayous still have a strong pull on foreigners, ideal for a boat ride. Those looking for a road trip through the state should drive the Great River Road, winding along the Mississippi River. The river itself passes through New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as many of the most impressive antebellum plantation homes in Louisiana.
Historic Preservation Hall is New Orleans' most popular jazz venue, where Preservation Hall jazz bands serve up first-rate Dixieland Jazz every night in the French Quarter building…
Historic Preservation Hall is New Orleans' most popular jazz venue, where Preservation Hall jazz bands serve up first-rate Dixieland Jazz every night in the French Quarter building, originally built as a residence in 1750. There are three performances a night, each lasting about 45 minutes. No seating, food or drinks are available, but crowds of all ages flock here simply for the wonderful music. It's possible to get tickets at the door without booking in advance, but it's advisable to arrive about 30 minutes before the show to avoid long queues or disappointment when tickets sell out.