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While it might not be possible to take a “normal” summer vacation this year, 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.