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The Best National Parks in Louisiana

There are six inspiring national park services in Louisiana. There are no National Parks in the state, but it is home to two National Historical Parks, a National Military Park and a National Historial Park and Preserve. It also has a National Scenic Trail and a National Monument. As you can see, it is a great place to visit for those who love history and scenery. Ready to explore the pretty Pelican State? If so, read on, as here are some of the best national parks in Louisiana.

The Best National Parks in Louisiana

1. Cane River Creole National Historical Park

This National Historical Park protects the resources and cultural landscapes of the Cane River region in Natchitoches Parish. The region is home to a unique culture; the Creoles and the park tells their stories and preserves the Oakland and Magnolia Plantations, two of the most intact Creole cotton plantations in the United States.

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2. Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg, fought from the 29th of March to the 4th of July 1863. This National Military Park also commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign which led up to the battle. Over 1,400 monuments and memorials dot the landscape with each one honouring the veterans of the siege, for instance, South Fort and the Heritage Garden.

3. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

Along El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, you can explore and learn about a diverse array of histories, for instance, the conflict between the Spanish and Native American peoples, the growth of cattle ranching, and the struggle for Texan independence and statehood. This 2,580-mile historic route crosses two states and travels into Mexico and on to Mexico City. There are some wonderfully interesting sites in Louisiana, for instance, the Cane River National Heritage Area and Los Adaes.

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4. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve protects the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi River Delta region in Louisiana. It comprises six different sites located throughout southern Louisiana, for instance,
Barataria Preserve and the Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery. It’s a remarkable landscape and waterscape of bayous, swamps, marshes, and forests, which are home to an array of animals, for instance, alligators, nutria, deer, and over 300 species of birds.

5. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Created in 1994, the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park commemorates the city’s memorable musical legacy. You’ll find the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in the Tremé neighbourhood near the French Quarter. Here, you’ll find out about the numerous events held throughout the year, for instance, live world-class jazz and musical concerts.

6. Poverty Point National Monument

Poverty Point National Monument is a prehistoric earthwork constructed by the Poverty Point culture. These were prehistoric indigenous peoples who inhabited a portion of North America’s lower Mississippi Valley and surrounding Gulf Coast. They lived here from about 1730 – 1350 BC. At this National Monument, you can explore the culture of these highly sophisticated people who left behind one of North America’s most important archaeological sites. The site consists of an integrated complex of earthen monuments that are so important UNESCO inscribed the site on its world heritage site list.

Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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