While Covid-19 travel regulations are still in place, international and domestic flights are still mostly being utilized for necessary travel only. While that has driven the number of people traveling to Louisiana from other states and countries down, it has driven the number of travelers within our state up. Many Lousianians have used this time to travel around our great state to all of the outposts of timeless natural beauty that our own backyard has to offer. This month, we have put together a list of some of the most fun travel spots in Louisiana for you and your family to explore this summer.
Floating on the Whiskey Chitto Creek
Deep in the pine forests of Vernon Parish, the spring fed Whiskey Chitto Creek offers an entire day’s worth of fun. This lazy and shallow tributary that empties into the Calcasieu river traverses more than 70 miles of natural backdrop with small beaches and campsites scattered throughout. Known throughout Louisiana for its wild turkeys, largemouth bass, striped and spotted bass, deer and wildlife galore, it is a great spot for photographers and sportsmen/women to spot the creatures of the wild. Grab a canoe or an innertube from one of the region’s rental shops, and take an easy drift in the sun with a cold beverage. Guided tours are available by appointment from several different vendors.
Off to the Races
If you prefer a faster paced activity, Louisiana has plenty of races you can watch and some you can even bet on! A short travel to North Louisiana might find you spending your day watching old fashioned, gritty car racing at it’s finest. The Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, LA is open to the public and practicing new guidelines since Covid-19.
In South Central Louisiana, you can watch and bet on live horse races at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, LA. Evangeline Downs is the first and only race track, casino and hotel “Racino” in the entire state. They have recently issued a revised calendar of race dates in light of Covid-19 that can be found here.
Gators and Airboats and Cypress, Oh My!
In the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin lies a gem of a building offering travelers over 20 years of local history, folklore, and adventure. Since 1999, Tucker Friedman and his family at Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat & Swamp Tours have been regaling guests with tales of the bayou. Told from the point of view of the locals, their expert tour guides take you on a one and one half hour guided tour of America’s largest and most diverse wetland. They provide you with everything you need for the tour. Airboat Tours are family-friendly for everyone aged 3 to 103.
Depending on the time of year, you may see live alligators, a brand new family of osprey chicks, a few bream fish hopping up out of the water, garfish, raccoons, egrets, and possums. The tours take you deep into the centuries old forests and give you a chance to get in touch with nature. When you return to dry land, pop a top at the world famous Turtle’s Bar, just steps away from the Basin Landing General Store. To book your tour, call 337.228.7880 today.