Flights to Louisiana
Situated in the Southern United States is the state of Louisiana, best known for the large and historic city of New Orleans, the Cajun and Creole cultures and southern weather.
Flights to Louisiana from South Africa are welcomed in the city of New Orleans at the Louis Armstrong International Airport (airport code: MSY). Your journey to Louisiana will require indirect flights with one or two stops. Choose from Virgin Atlantic Airways, Delta Air Lines and South African Airways which offer flights to Louisiana from South Africa with only one stop. Other airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa provide flights to Louisiana with two connections. Routes differ according to the airlines but most fly via their home countries.
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The Tourist Attractions in Louisiana:
Louisiana is most famous for the city of New Orleans, which unsurprisingly is the state’s top tourist destination. Though the city was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina things are pretty much back to normal here now.
The most popular part of the city has always been the French Quarter and much of the old architecture from the 18th century still remains to this day. Famous streets include Bourbon Street, known for its vibrant nightlife and buzzing atmosphere during the day too, whilst Royal Street offers a slightly quieter and more refined atmosphere with its art galleries and antique shops. Although the French Quarter is a great place to visit, there’s much more to see in the city than this!
The capital city of Louisiana is Baton Rouge. If you’re staying in New Orleans, Baton Rouge is close enough that you could visit in a day trip with the drive taking about 90 minutes. Although similar in some respects to New Orleans, Baton Rouge has quite a different feel to it. Attractions include the new Louisiana State Capitol building. This is the tallest State Capitol in the United States with its skyscraper-esque tower standing 34 stories high; it’s also the tallest building in Baton Rouge. The great Art Deco building was built in 1929 and the steps leading up to the main entrance feature the names of all the 50 United States.
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol is also a very interesting building as it’s situated in a 19th century castle! Also visit the Louisiana State Museum, the African American Museum and Baton Rouge Zoo.
Known as the unofficial capital of Cajun Country, Lafayette is a lively city whose best attractions include the Acadian Cultural Center where you can learn about the Acadians (Cajuns) who moved to the south from the north. There’s also Vermilionville, an interesting heritage and folk-life park with costumed staff and more. Finally the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a nice campus to see with attractions including an alligator swamp and University Art Museum.
Natchitoches is the oldest settlement within the large region of land purchased by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase and is a popular tourist destination. It features a Historic District similar in appearance to the French Quarter of New Orleans and a number of other attractions too.
When Should You Visit?:
Louisiana has a humid subtropical climate typical of Southern United States weather with long, hot and humid summers and short, mild winters. In the summer the average high temperatures get up to 32C (91F) in July and August, whilst in January the average high is a pleasant 17C (64F).