Having shot to fame for its cameo in HBO’s show "True Detective," it’s no surprise that visits to Fort Macomb are suddenly on the rise.
The stronghold is abandoned, but it once stood proudly alongside 42 identical towers built to keep out the enemy in the War of 1812. You might need a permit to walk around the interior, however. Fort Pike is a similar fort and located just a few miles away.
A home of historical significance, this restored site on the mighty Mississippi River is open for guided tours. With the "big house" and former slave quarters intact, a visit here is sobering.
Book lovers will jump at the chance to walk around the birthplace of lovable trickster Br’er Rabbit, originally of West African origin and the inspiration behind Disney’s Splash Mountain.
The Creole-style house is named for its delightful and distinguished passageway of grand old oak trees that extend 800 feet up. The plantation once was owned by the so-called "King of Sugar," Valcour Aime — at one time the wealthiest man in the Southern states.
You might recognize the plantation house from the Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained" or the Tom Cruise film "Interview with the Vampire." Stroll the beautiful grounds any time of year or indulge yourself and stay overnight. Be warned though, several ghost sightings have occurred at the house.
Why even visit New Orleans if you’re not going to go to the "Crawfish Capital of the World" for a genuine taste of Southern hospitality? Aside from the outstanding array of authentic Cajun cuisine and the relentlessly funky Zydeco music scene, the tight-knit town is like a leap back in time that emphasizes joie de vivre over all things.
If you’re in an outdoor mood, try a Cajun Country Swamp Tour. These eco-friendly forays into the eerie and beautiful wetlands are a nature lover's dream. You could even find yourself getting up close and personal with a baby alligator.
For a fresh take on the American state, take time to reconnoiter the roads leading out of town, where Venetian waterways and tranquil retreats await.
For little escapes beyond the Big Apple, look no further than these five excursions that break free from the city that never sleeps.