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Head down on the bayou for a Cajun vacation! Renting an RV in southern Louisiana is the perfect way to explore New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Grab your gumbo (but save room for some etouffee) and get ready to spend a good long time in the birthplace of jazz.
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A trip to southern Louisiana isn't complete without a good, long visit to New Orleans. The city of jazz, beignets, and blues has enough to fill up an entire vacation. At the very least, be sure to see some of these sights along the way.
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The French Quarter
The French Quarter, known simply as "The Quarter" to locals, sits on some of the highest ground in New Orleans. Stroll along the streets and chat with the residents out on their front porches, watching the world go by. New Orleans' oldest neighborhood has drawn everyone from famous writers and artists to modern-day celebrities and millionaires. French Quarter architecture is a blend of Spanish, French, Creole, and American styles all bound up together. The cast iron balconies make the Quarter a wonderful place for people watching (or being watched). Visitors can join one of the many home tours for a better look and understanding of the architecture and history of the area. Gallier House is one famous example of the blending of architecture and culture, and a great example of the iconic design of the French Quarter.
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Jackson Square earns its name for the three Andrew Jackson statues that form the center of the square. The area around the Square includes several state museums like the Cabido and the Presbytere, and numerous restaurants and shops. Jackson Square also hosts an open-air artist colony, where creators display their works on the outside of the iron fence. You can even watch the artists as they create their works in the middle of the square. Jackson Square has also been featured in movies including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and TV shows like The Originals.
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St. Louis Cathedral
Facing Jackson Square is the St. Louis Cathedral, one of the tallest buildings in the French Quarter. Another famous icon from movies and TV shows, the cathedral is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. Visitors can tour the cathedral -- brochures for self-guided tours are available for a small donation, and volunteer docents are often available to give impromptu tours as well.
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Of course a vacation to the birthplace of jazz requires at least one, if not several, visits to local jazz clubs to hear the music the city is known for.
There are tons of jazz clubs to choose from. Whether you're looking for traditional jazz or acid jazz, you'll find something in line with your musical tastes in New Orleans. You can find New Orleans-style jazz at the 21st Amendment Jazz Club at La Louisiane six nights a week, and sip a prohibition period craft cocktail while you listen. The Balcony Music Club is a popular music venue, featuring up and coming musical talent. Or try the Bourbon 'O', a "velvet rope" jazz bar billed as the classiest bar on Bourbon Street. You can find a longer list of jazz clubs here if you want to expand your search.
Cities of the Dead
The above-ground tombs in New Orleans cemeteries, also known as "cities of the dead," are a solution to the city's high water table that requires very shallow burial plots. While early settlers tried to place stones in and on coffins to weigh them down and keep them underground, a good rainstorm would cause the coffins to rise out of the ground again. The above-ground tombs were how they eventually came to bury their dead. The tombs are known for their ornate ironwork, crosses, and statues decorating the cemeteries. You can take a tour of the cities of the dead, or just wander through the cemeteries and learn about their inhabitants on your own.
Where to Camp
Camp at the French Quarter RV Resort, two blocks from the French Quarter, for easy access to most New Orleans attractions.
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Lake Pontchartrain and the Causeway are one of America's iconic images. The lake houses a wide variety of fish, pelicans, ducks, and other water-loving birds. Ancient trees dripping with Spanish moss surround the edges of the lake. At 24 miles, the Causeway is the longest bridge over water in the world, and definitely worth a stop.
Creole Nature Trail All-American Road
The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is one of 43 All-American Roads in the U.S. With a large bird and alligator population along the way, you may encounter southern Louisiana wildlife along the drive. There are also stops along the way for world-class fishing, crabbing, hunting, boating, and nature photography. Your first stop should be the Creole Trail Adventure Point, a free new attraction that teaches visitors about southern Louisiana's nature and unique culture. Hands-on displays show the best places to spot alligators and songbirds. Also, smell the tasty aromas of Cajun and Creole cooking and play along with a Cajun and Zydeco band. From the Adventure Point, continue on the road, stopping at the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge's Wetland Walkway for a 1 1/2 mile walk over salt water marshes. Take in the exceptional views of the area and watch for the birds and other wildlife that make their home in the marshes. Drive on, making sure to stop at Holly Beach, one of several undeveloped Gulf beaches, and the Peveto Woods Sanctuary before ending the west side of the Creole Nature Trail. You can stop your tour here or take the Cameron Ferry across the Calcasieu River Ship Channel and do the east side of the nature trail, ending in Lake Charles.
Where to Camp
Camp at Fontainebleau State Park nearby.
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Abita Springs, in the piney woods north of New Orleans, is home to the Abita Brewery, which has been in business since the mid-1980s. The brewery produces more than 151,000 barrels of beer and almost 10,000 barrels of root beer each year. After a brewery visit, stroll the historic district and pop into art galleries and shops. Visit the USM Museum, also known as "the mystery house" to see oddities like "the bassigator," a creature that appears to be half bass and half alligator. The museum also has examples of local folk art including miniatures to investigate. Nearby Angola Prison holds a nationally known prison rodeo, where inmates compete in barrel racing and bull riding.
Lafayette is known as the center of Cajun Country, and along with shops, motels, and numerous restaurants, the city is home to Acadian Village. The village has buildings and exhibits that teach visitors about 19th-century life in the area. Nearby Avery Island is the site of the McIlhenny Company, makers of Tabasco sauce, and the island has beautiful gardens and a bird sanctuary.
Where to Camp
Camp at the Lafayette KOA.
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If you're looking to rent an RV in southern Louisiana, you could probably spend the entire vacation in New Orleans alone. If you'd like to travel about, however, there are lots of other sights to see in southern Louisiana. RVshare can help you rent a campervan or find a motorhome rental for your trip. Simply use their search feature to find an RV for rent in southern Louisiana, or rent it elsewhere to drive out for a vacation you're sure to remember for a lifetime.