Most people from outside of the state think of Mardi Gras and wild New Orleans parties when they think of Louisiana. Mardi Gras is undoubtedly a one-of-a-kind event, and there's plenty of room to party all year in New Orleans, but the state has much more than that. From fantastic Cajun food and culture to stunning historic sites and beautiful forests and parks, the Bayou State has a little bit of everything. Whether you're planning a one-of-a-kind family vacation, a romantic getaway or a jam-packed adventure with friends, there are some things to see beyond the beaten path.

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01Frenchmen Street

Located just a short walk from the famous French Quarter in New Orleans, Frenchmen Street is the place to go to listen to live music like a local. This street is lined with bars, clubs, and restaurants that feature live music every night of the week. Louisiana staples like jazz, blues and zydeco are common, but you'll be able to hear almost every genre. The musicians here range from undiscovered gems to household names, but they all put on fantastic shows.

1st Line French Quarter Parade