New Orleans is a joyous melting pot known for its Mardi Gras, French Quarter, voodoo, jazz, LGBTQ scene and oh, so much more. Over in Lafayette, locals claim to have the most restaurants per capita in the nation. True or not, be sure to bring your appetite, and expect to hear some sweet music, too. Baton Rouge, the state capital, boasts a happy melange of activities. We recommend the Old State Capitol Building, haunted tours and plantation visits.