We live in a beautiful state, and one that is photographed a lot. But where are the best places to take pictures that show the truly unique side of Louisiana? The folks at Only in Louisiana have some suggested locations, so if you are in the mood for a road trip to take some spectacular photos, check them out below.

  • Grand Isle - historic barrier island with spectacular sunsets
  • The Gardens at the American Rose Center - beautiful botanical gardens in Shreveport
  • Oak Alley Plantation - antebellum home in Vacherie that is frequently used as a backdrop for movies and television shows. Probably the most famous plantation in the state. Rumored to have been used in the classic film 'Gone With The Wind'
  • Hodges Gardens State Park - located near the Toledo Bend Reservoir, with 700 acres of lush greenery. They have a spectacular sunrise service every Easter Sunday, that has become a beloved tradition
  • Natchitoches - the oldest community in Louisiana, and a quaint town located right on the Cane River
  • Chauvin Sculpture Garden - religious statuary and art, and a favorite destination for photographers
  • Houmas House Plantation - located on the Mississippi River, and is a unique setting for weddings and movie sets alike. Was used in the 1964 film 'Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte'
  • North Toledo Bend Reservoir - largest reservoir in the state, right on the border of Louisiana and Texas
  • Tunica Falls - one of the only natural waterfalls in Louisiana
  • South Toledo Bend Reservoir - beautiful outdoor scenery, and filled with native wildlife. The water lilies are a favorite to photograph
  • Chicot State Park - home to beautiful bayous and cypress swamps
  • French Quarter - this historic New Orleans neighborhood is one of the oldest in the state, and one of the most popular tourist destinations