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Why book flights to Louisiana? Three words: crawfish, Cajun and po’boys. Known for its amazing food, mystifying music and all-around engaging personality, this charismatic state draws travelers to book Louisiana flights each year.

In August 2005, thousands of travelers booked flights to Louisiana to help rebuild the state after Hurricane Katrina's devastating effects, and provided homes for those who lost everything in the hurricane. The Louisiana spirit prevailed and today, the state and its famous town New Orleans continue to thrive thanks to visitors on Louisiana flights.

Visitors booking flights to Louisiana head south for the fantastic food, outstanding music, and Louisiana hospitality, but there's more to Louisiana than the French Quarter and Bourbon Street. Nature lovers can find cheap flights to Louisiana during the eight-month hunting season. Rent a bike and tour plantation country, or find a fishing spot at one of Louisiana’s 150 lakes, bayous, streams, or wetlands.

Whether the flight to Louisiana lands you in the heart of New Orleans or hiking in the outskirts of the Gulf Coast, any trip to the Bayou State is an awesome experience.

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Louisiana climate

Southern Louisiana is hot and humid year-round, and rain falls throughout the year. New Orleans has a subtropical climate with temperatures in the mid-40s (F) in winter and the 90s in the summer.Further north in Shreveport, winters are colder with about five weeks of freezing or below-freezing temperatures, and ice and sleet storms are a possibility. Summer temperatures are over 95 for about a month with very high humidity, sometimes exceeding 90 percent.The hurricane season is June through November. The northwestern corner of the state is in tornado alley, and the peak tornado season is April.

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Best Time to Fly to Louisiana

Peak Season:

The Gulf Coast is busiest April to September, but remains warm and inviting year-round.

In winter, Christmas, New Year, Carnival, and Mardi Gras keep New Orleans jam-packed. Carnival begins January 6 and continues until midnight of Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is the final blowout on Fat Tuesday. Travelers looking for flights to Louisiana during Mardi Gras need to plan ahead and book Louisiana flights and hotel accommodations in advance. Prices are likely to increase during the peak travel season.

Natchitoches is busiest in December for its City of Light Festival.

Off Season:

If you like heat and humidity, it's likely you'll find cheap flights to Louisiana during the summer months. Along the Gulf Coast, fishing is popular during the off season, and the fall is a good time to visit Louisiana.

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Getting around Louisiana

Regional airports serve the state, there is train service via New Orleans and Lafayette, and buses connect the larger and smaller towns. Two major highways cross the state and another runs north-south. Driving is a great way to see the state, especially regions like Cajun country and northern Louisiana.

For city destinations, walking is usually the best way to see the sights. New Orleans’ attractions, accommodations, and events are within walking distance of each other. Of course, at least one mule-drawn carriage ride would be fun. There is also a public transportation system with the RTA buses, streetcars and trolleys, and the riverboats. In fact, once you have arrived in New Orleans, not only do you not need a car, parking can be expensive and hard to come by.

Baton Rouge has local bus service. The best way to explore Natchitoches, setting for the film Steel Magnolias, is on foot, but getting around Lafayette requires either a car or taxis. Shreveport has taxis, buses, and shuttles.

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Louisiana Travel Information

  • Though not the state’s capital, the most populous and popular destination in Louisiana is New Orleans. The city is once again back on a vacationer's list after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. A popular outing from the city is on one of the numerous swamp tours. Weaving their boats in and out of cypress trees and weeping willows, the tour guides entice the gators close to the boat with offerings of marshmallows.
  • Baton Rouge is the capital of the state and the fastest growing city in the South. The city is very flat, so if you want to get a good view of it, you need to head upwards. Visit the Louisiana State Capitol. 450ft tall, with 34 floors, it is the tallest capitol building in the U.S. From the observation deck you get an excellent view of the city.
  • Gibsland is home to the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum, on the site where the infamous gangster duo were shot dead. “Highlights” of the museum include one of Clyde’s shotguns, a tire that he stole and gave to an old man and the V8 Ford, riddled with bullet holes, that was used in the film.
  • The old town of Natchitoches has been designated a national historic landmark. This is the original French settlement in Louisiana, and much of it is well preserved. The town was also the location of the film Steel Magnolias. The home which appeared in the film is now a B&B on Jefferson Street , the Steel Magnolia House. Stay in Shelby’s room for $150 a night.
  • The Kisatchie National Forest, in the Crossroads region of Louisiana, is a spectacular 800,000-acre park. Popular with hikers, the area is covered by pine and cypress trees. There is an abundance of wildlife to be spotted: armadillos, raccoons, alligators, bears, possums and deer.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    La Guardia to New Orleans International:
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    In-flight reading

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Tennessee WilliamsSet in the steamy French Quarter of New Orleans, Williams’s hugely popular play tells of the faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois as she arrives to visit her sister Stella Kowalski and Stella's brutal husband Stanley.

    Coming Through Slaughter

    Michael OndaatjeOndaatje’s fictionalized life of New Orleans jazz musician Buddy Bolden.

    The Awakening and Other Stories

    Kate ChopinExcellent book of short stories located in and around New Orleans. The title story, The Awakening, shocked readers of the time (1899); it describes how 28-year-old Edna Pontellier comes to reject her traditional life as a businessman’s wife after a summer holiday in Grande Isle.

    A Confederacy of Dunces

    John Kennedy O’TooleAmusing novel of the absurd daily occurrences that take place in New Orleans.

    Cajun Cuisine: Authentic Cajun Recipes from Louisiana's Bayou Country

    W. Thomas AngersIf you fell for the Cajun cooking on your holiday, recreate it once you get home with this comprehensive cookery book.

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