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Louisiana Travel Notes -- It may not be the official capital of Louisiana, but New Orleans is the cultural capital of Cajun, Dixieland Jazz, and Mardi Gras, with a spicy helping of lacy architecture stirred in. Find out more about Louisiana @ Travel Notes.

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Louisiana is also known as the Pelican State; a tribute to the brown pelican, native to Louisiana.

The state capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge.

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New Orleans

It may not be the official capital of Louisiana, but New Orleans is the cultural capital of Cajun, Dixieland Jazz, and Mardi Gras; with a spicy helping of lacy architecture stirred in.

New Orleans Cooking Class.

New Orleans Cooking

The Creole/Cajun experts teach you New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines; seasoned with history, trivia and tall tales.

French Quarter Walking Tour.

When in New Orleans, don't miss a visit to the Vieux Carre.

French Quarter Walking Tour

Bourbon Street can seem a little sleazy at night, and the wait to get in to hear some jazz at Preservation Hall is lengthy.

French Quarter:
Sound files, maps and a walking tour of the Vieux Carre that you can print out and use on your visit to New Orleans.

Crescent City Nights Walking Tour.

If you don't feel like going it alone, let a local tour guide take you down world famous Bourbon Street on your way to a local nightclub to hear some native jazz music; after a three-course dinner at Tujagues Restaurant, a New Orleans tradition since 1856 and the second oldest restaurant in the New Orleans.

Garden District Walking Tour.

Garden District Walking Tour

The Garden District has many attractive 19th-century houses, some of them converted into hostels and B & B accommodation. Take the St. Charles Streetcar.

Visit New Orleans in the Spring or Autumn for the lower humidity.

Tour Big Easy:
There's so much to do in and around New Orleans that you could select a tour for every day of the week: walking tours, plantation tours, haunted and ghost, swamp tours, river boat cruises, city tours, airplane and helicopter tours, air boats and cemetery tours.

Hurricane Katrina

In the early hours of Monday, August 29th 2005 Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast of America - with New Orleans judged (at the time) to be somewhat lucky that the eye of the storm seemed to veer east of the city.

However, the low-lying, slowly sinking city suffered widespread flooding when the 17th Street levee at Lake Pontchartrain gave way.

The swift rebuilding of New Orleans means that many of your favourite French Quarter restaurants, shops, bars, music clubs, museums and attractions up and running.

New Orleans Accommodation

Hotels in New Orleans.

Bourbon Orleans: New Orleans, LA.
717 Orleans Street.

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Bourbon Orleans.

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans, a Wyndham Historic Hotel, features classic Southern charm with styling reminiscent of the French opulence of the early 1800's.

With its centralized location, directly behind the famed St. Louis Cathedral, the hotel offers direct access to the upscale shopping on Royal Street, the fortune tellers and street performers of Jackson Square, cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde, and of course the decadence of Bourbon Street.

Once the 1815 Orleans Ballroom, a venue for the city's masquerade and carnival balls, the lobby has kept its 19th-century charm; complete with marble floors, a grand spiral staircase, columns, chandeliers and Queen Anne style furniture.

The pool, in the middle of the hotel's courtyard, is an enchanting place to relax.

Hotel Monteleone: New Orleans, LA.
214 Royal Street.

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Hotel Monteleone.

Located on Royal Street, in the centre of the French Quarter, Hotel Monteleone is just a block from the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street and Canal Street.

Hotel features include a roof top swimming pool, meeting rooms and fitness room. Airport shuttle is also available.

Guest rooms feature in-room iron and ironing boards, colour TV with satellite/cable, video on demand, air-conditioning, voicemail and dataports.

Hotel St. Marie French Quarter: New Orleans, LA.
827 Toulouse Street.

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Hotel St. Marie French Quarter.

The Hotel St. Marie offers a warm and accommodating atmosphere deliberately designed and maintained to give guests a feeling for the real style of its historic neighbourhood.

Many guest rooms enjoy balconies that overlook the scenic vistas of the Quarter and hotel guests can relax in the lush, tropical courtyard or take a cool break from French Quarter fun in the hotel pool.

The Hotel St. Marie is equipped with the latest amenities and business services including high speed internet access in all guest rooms and wireless access in all public spaces.

All rooms also feature antique reproductions.

Le Pavillon Hotel: New Orleans, LA.
833 Poydras Street.

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Le Pavillon Hotel.

Built in 1907, Le Pavillon New Orleans French Quarter Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America and maintains membership in the exclusive Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

In a world of steel-and-glass skyscrapers and cookie-cutter design, the age of grand hotels seems long gone. A rare exception: Le Pavillon New Orleans Hotel is where guests can instantly conjure the days of genteel luxury, romantic evenings and glittering nights.

With a history stretching back to the Gilded Age and impeccable decor throughout, Le Pavillon New Orleans Hotel piques the imagination in a way that even the Emperor Napoleon himself would applaud.

Hotel amenities include the rooftop spa tub, 30-foot heated pool, and fitness centre. Parisian woodwork, Italian marble flooring, and crystal chandeliers decorate the lobby. Crystal Room provides fine dining. Le Gallery Lounge is set in a private-club atmosphere and has a variety of liquors and an extensive selection of cigars.

Place d'Armes French Quarter Hotel: New Orleans, LA.
625 St Ann Street.

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Place d'Armes Hotel.

The Place d'Armes Hotel is an intimate, historic hotel property located at Jackson Square; in the heart of New Orleans' fabled French Quarter.

The hotel is one of three distinctive and unique AAA triple diamond rated French Quarter hotels owned and operated by the Valentino family of New Orleans.

The Place's 83 guest rooms are set in group of 18th-century, renovated and restored townhouses which surround a lushly planted courtyard.

Without losing its historic charm, the Place d'Armes is discreetly equipped with the latest amenities and services including high speed internet access in all guest rooms and wireless access in all public spaces.

Royal Sonesta Hotel: New Orleans, LA.
300 Bourbon Street.

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Royal Sonesta Hotel.

The Royal Sonesta Hotel is located in the French Quarter and is built in the traditional French Quarter style; complete with gabled windows, French doors and wrought-iron lace balconies.

The courtyard features an outdoor pool and deck, and there is a fitness room with a Stairmaster, Universal equipment, treadmill and Lifecycle.

All 500 guest rooms (including 35 suites) offer a mini-bar, individual climate control, colour TV, radio, and phone with voice mail, dataport and conference call features.

The Royal Sonesta also offers 35 luxurious suites, including a honeymoon Jacuzzi suite and the distinctive Presidential and Royal suites. Lace wrought-iron balconies allow guests to enjoy the charm of Bourbon Street.

Royal St. Charles Hotel: New Orleans, LA.
135 St Charles Avenue.

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Royal St. Charles Hotel.

The Royal St. Charles Hotel is New Orleans' newest upscale hotel; a contemporary boutique hotel featuring modern amenities and spacious guest rooms.

The Royal St. Charles Hotel is located just one block from the French Quarter, on the streetcar line, and a short walk to the Convention Center.

The Royal St. Charles hotel features luxuriously- appointed rooms and suites, which include Bath and Body Works amenities, voice mail, in-room safe, in-room fax and modem, and mini-bars as well as many other amenities including an exercise room and airport shuttle services.

Windsor Court Hotel: New Orleans, LA.
300 Gravier Street.

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Windsor Court Hotel.

Located blocks away from the French Quarter and the Mississippi Riverwalk, the Windsor Court Hotel is across the street from Harrah's Casino.

The hotel successfully combines traditional English decor with modern amenities; providing soothingly appointed rooms with soft, subtle colours and comfortable upholstered furnishings.

All accommodations are unusually spacious with either a private balcony or bay window overlooking the Mississippi River or the city skyline. Some of the suites have two bedrooms, and there are two spectacular penthouses on the 22nd floor; with their own landscaped terraces.

Hotel amenities include the outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, saunas, art collection, restaurant, cocktail lounge, and Le Salon's daily afternoon tea service.

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Around Louisiana

Louisiane was the name given to the former French territory west of the Mississippi River by the French explorer Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, in honour of King Louis XIV.

States neighbouring Louisiana are: Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Louisiana Travel:
Get the scoop on everything from casinos and nightlife, to plantations and museums, to restaurants, music venues and marinas. There's a lot to do on vacation in Louisiana.


Close enough to New Orleans for some spicy sightseeing, Covington is far enough to offer a more relaxing taste of the South's turn-of-the-century, country-style charm.

City of Covington:
Recreational opportunities and numerous special events attract thousands of visitors annually to Covington.

Accommodation in Covington

Hotels in Covington, Louisiana.

Best Western Northpark Inn: Covington.
625 North Highway 190.

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Best Western Northpark Inn.

The Best Western Northpark Inn offers complimentary continental breakfast to its guests, complimentary 24-hour coffee in the lobby, free parking and free high-speed Internet access.

Guest rooms feature satellite/cable TVs, telephones, dataports, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons, ironing boards and the all important air-conditioning.

Guests may also enjoy the outdoor pool, cocktail lounge and onsite restaurant.


The Cajuns of Louisiana are actually Acadians -- French Catholics expelled from Nova Scotia after refusing to pledge loyalty to the British Crown.

The story of the Acadians, and the equipment they used for craw-fishing, is shown in the Acadian Cultural Center.

Accommodation in Lafayette

Hotels in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Baton Rouge

The red stick, in French, moved up from stick in the mud to state capital when evangelical politicos made it the capital of Louisiana in 1849.

State Capitol

Every American capital has one, but the one in Baton Rouge is extreme.

Huey P. Long, Franklin D. Roosevelt's biggest political threat, ordered the construction of a massive 34-storey State Capitol in 1931. It was completed in 14 months.

The big cat was gunned down in one of the back corridors of power, and his body is buried here too.

Accommodation in Baton Rouge

Hotels in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Louisiana Municipalities

Louisiana Travel Guides

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