Louisiana is a place where you can Feed Your Soul—a state with so much diversity that just a short drive takes you to another world within the state’s borders.

Our food is legendary no matter which part of the state you visit. Louisiana cuisine comprises Cajun and Creole delicacies such as jambalaya, gumbo and étouffée, and the best in seafood (shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab, fish and even alligator), along with a unique Louisiana spin on more traditional fare.

And where else can you spend most of the year outdoors? When there’s still snow on the ground elsewhere in early February, the Louisiana spring starts blooming with gardens and scenic roads and byways bursting with color. Golf is played year-round here (check out the Audubon Golf Trail), and the Louisiana Bass TrailLouisiana Birding Trail, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, Bike Louisiana and Louisiana Paddle offer numerous outdoor opportunities.

Louisiana has more festivals than any other state, and our music is the centerpiece for many of them. Try the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, the Red River Revel in Shreveport or Contraband Days in Lake Charles—there’s always a reason to dance and eat in Louisiana.

If you enjoy gaming, try one of the state’s many casinos. Or enjoy Mardi Gras, which is celebrated throughout the state in early spring.

All of this joie de vivre grows from our roots, a mixture of French, Spanish, Caribbean, African and Native American cultures that make Louisiana so unique. Whatever feeds your soul, you’ll find it in Louisiana.