Plan your Outdoor Adventure in the Happiest City in America

Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the Happiest City in America and it’s no mystery why.

eric-lindberg-20080531_lafayette_0391Lafayette epitomizes the rich cultural history, distinct food traditions and vibrant music of Louisiana. It also happens to be situated on the Mississippi Flyway and the Atchafalaya Loop of America’s Wetland Birding Trail. Nature watchers and photographers have access to some of the best birding sites in North America, including Spanish Lake. At last count, birders have spotted 240 species in its expansive shoreline and bottomland hardwood forest.

If paddling is your passion Lafayette is the perfect starting point to explore their rivers, swamps and bayous. The newest addition to Lafayette’s paddle trail is the creation of a four day, three night paddle trip that takes you down the Vermilion River just before the Gulf of Mexico. At just under 60 miles this paddle adventure takes you through two parishes and multiple cities along the way where both primitive camping and lodging is available.nathaniel-martin-bayou_vermilion_excurison

There’s no other place where you can experience multiple types of fresh and saltwater fishing all within a short drive of Lafayette. Cast your line from the shore of some of the most peaceful fishing spots along the banks of Lake Martin or the Atchafalaya Basin. Paddle or launch your boat near the Gulf of Mexico to discover the abundant species of fish, crabs, shrimp and so much more that can all be caught and cooked in a day.

Whether you enjoy bird watching, paddling or casting your fishing line, Lafayette, Louisiana will leave you with a smile on your face. Plan your outdoor adventure in the Happiest City in America at LafayetteTravel.com/Outdoor.