Louisiana

Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Couples, Eco-Tourism, Food & Wine, Gambling, Kids, Louisiana, Multigen, North America, USA, Weekend & Short Break

Lake Charles Louisiana Knows How To Party

Given a limited budget, an unlimited appetite and an interest in local culture, you can’t go wrong with a weekend escape to Southwest Louisiana, the South’s party capital.  I recently spent three days in a Lake Charles casino for the annual Travel Media Showcase –- the best conference to learn about new destinations and what they offer travelers. 

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Author: LaneVids

Tags : Blogs, Kids, Louisiana, North America, Road Trip, USA

Camp Salmen Nature Park Slidell, LA

Our family loves to take road trips, and this summer was no exception. We decided to venture out of our hometown of Lafayette, LA and head east to Jacksonville, FL so that our kids, ages 3 & 5, could experience the beach for the first time.

Our first stop while on this summer's road trip was in Slidell, LA to get a bite to eat. We picked up our food (hot dogs and pizza from Sam's club ... don't judge) and we searched for a park nearby. 

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Author: victoriasolk

Tags: Louisiana, New Orleans, North America, Semi Finalist, USA, Volunteering

The Power of People: Helping Rebuild in the Birthplace of Jazz

Pulling apart a roof is not as simple as it sounds. As I pried the warped and rotting shingles away from a house damaged by Katrina, I felt a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that I had never experienced in my life. There I was in the birthplace of jazz, working with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, reconstructing homes and the community. As I took in the cacophonous sounds of nails and boards, I thought about how I ended up there. I traveled with the National Federation of Temple Youth, an organization that brings teens together from all over the country.

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Couples, Fall Getaway, Kids, Louisiana, Teens, USA

Louisiana Haunted Houses And Halloween Fun

Start weaving ghost stories now so you're all set for a spooky weekend break in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a great Halloween destination.  If your kids and teens want a scary haunted house, a real haunted house or a haunted house tour, Baton Rouge can deliver. Located less than an hour's drive from New Orleans, it offers more than just haunted house stories; there are hayrides and pumpkin picking for little ones, plus museums, leaf peeking, corn mazes and more. 

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Author: Abigail's Travels

Tags: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North America, Quarter Finalist, Tennessee, USA, Volunteering

I Come From the South

"Rivers and Roads" plays out loud on a big yellow school bus. I woke up that morning on a gym floor with 26 other teens from all over Kentucky. Now we are headed to Arc of Alabama to garden and clean and help out in anyway we can, but yesterday we worked at Books for Africa, Atlanta, and tomorrow… Who knows? Pillows are spread everywhere and among the snickers and whispers I hear a sharp "shhhh” as people try to sleep on this bus.

 

Author: Vivekanand Rajasekar

Tags: Exploring, Louisiana, New Orleans, North America, Quarter Finalist, USA

A Walk Alone in America's Most Unique City

Hard as I tried, I could not do it. As I closed my eyes and tried to imagine just how enormous the river really was, my brain failed to comprehend the sheer magnitude and raw size of the Mississippi. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water flowed past me every second, carrying with them over 109 species of fish and hundreds of boats loaded with cargo. With my face pressed against the 10th floor window of the Hyatt, I gawked at the river all day.

Author: Matt Ryan

Tags : Couples, Food & Wine, Louisiana, Museums & Culture, New Orleans, North America, USA

Jazz Fest in NOLA: Music Food and Drink

My wife Rosalie and I stumbled into the New Orleans Jazz Fest. We were already going to New Orleans, Louisiana -- booking flights and reserving rooms -- when our son told us, "Hey, that's during Jazz Fest.” So, a little tweak to change hotels, a purchase of tickets for Sunday, May 3, and that quickly we’re going to our first Jazz Fest.

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Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Baby, City Break, Couples, Kids, Louisiana, Multigen, Museums & Culture, New Orleans, Teens, USA

New Orleans, Louisiana Attractions

Dubbed “The Big Easy” and “The Most Interesting City in America” depending on your viewpoint, New Orleans, Louisiana will not disappoint anyone on your next family vacation. This charming Southern belle boasts a culture that is unique, music that is truly inspiring, cuisine to die for, entertainment that is wild, and a dark history that will intrigue.

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Author: Nahal Javan

Tags: Exploring, Finalist, Louisiana, New Orleans, North America, USA

It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Swing

It hits you on the head. Strikes your eyes, moves your feet and swings your mind. Rhythmically always on the move, the notes never seem to stop. The sun shines, relaxing itself upon the Mississippi and its flowing current. Splashing against the street - the worn out soles of tourists curious shoes. Grasping each colorful step, the sights seem restless between sharp shades of red and soft yellows on building fronts. Terraces full of people, full of smiles and those wonderful jokes and stories.

Author: D'Audra Metoyer

Tags: Heritage, Louisiana, North America, Semi Finalist, USA

An Unexpectedly Wonderful Trip

When my parents said that we were taking a spontaneous trip, visiting the family cemetery was definitely not what I had in mind. Traveling over two hours to Melrose, Louisiana was not my idea of fun. Melrose is a small town, smaller than my hometown of Lake Charles, with a population of 42 and extremely bad cell phone reception. We all piled up in my mom’s van and headed up to our family cemetery in Melrose.

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