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With the summer vacation season underway, the LDMA is taking you on a virtual road trip around the state to sites we consider Louisiana Treasures.  From museums and churches to gardens and historic homes, you’ll find places that highlight Louisiana’s unique history and culture.   Let’s start exploring:



Roses at the American Rose Center Gardens in Shreveport


American Rose Center Gardens

Enjoy the wide variety of roses on display at the American Rose Center Gardens in Shreveport.


Antique Alley in West Monroe


Antique Alley

View a visit to the unique stores along Antique Alley in downtown West Monroe.



Biedenharn Home and Gardensin Monroe


Biedenharn Home & Gardens

Take a tour of this historic home in Monroe built by Joseph Biedenharn, the first Coca-Cola bottler.



Brimstone Museum in Sulphur


Brimstone Museum

See a visit to this museum in Sulphur highlighting the history of the sulfur mining industry in Calcasieu Parish.



Forts Randolph and Buhlow in Pineville


Forts Randolph & Buhlow

Learn more about the role of these forts in protecting Alexandria during the Civil War.



Kent House in Alexandria


Kent House

View a visit to this Creole plantation house in Alexandria, the oldest building in central Louisiana.



Ogden Museum of Southern Art


Ogden Museum of Southern Art

See highlights from the large collection of Southern art on display at this museum in New Orleans.


St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge


St. Joseph Cathedral

Learn more about the history and architecture of this Catholic church in downtown Baton Rouge.




St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Donaldsonville


St. Peter United Methodist Church

Watch a visit to this historic church in Donaldsonville built in 1866 by the Freedmen’s Aid Society for the benefit of former slaves.



Tee-Fer Sculpture in Lafayette


Tee-Fer Sculpture

Check out this sculpture of a musical instrument used in Cajun music at the Visitor’s Center in Lafayette.



Veterans Memorial Park in Lake Charles


Veterans Memorial Park

View a visit to this memorial honoring veterans in Lake Charles, including the bronze statue of First Lt. Douglas B. Fournet.



Whitney Plantation


Whitney Plantation

Learn more about this unique museum in Wallace, which explores the history of slavery in the United States.




To see more stories, check out the complete Travel Stories topic and our Around Louisiana series of blog posts.