Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans

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#1 of 34 in Nature in Louisiana
Take in the sights and scenery, including the Space Needle, the Great Wheel, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainer, from atop Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The 100 year-old building was once the tallest on the West Coast and now offers 360-degree views of the Emerald City from 149 m (489 ft) up. Ride up in the old-fashioned elevator and step out into the China Room, where you can see the antiques and carved ceiling that were gifts from Cixi, the Empress of China. Take a seat in the Wishing Chair, said to bring good luck. You can use both indoor and outdoor observation decks; visit on a clear day for the best views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding mountain ranges. A visit to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New Orleans trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Inspect the final resting place for veterans of all branches or wars. Read about the creation and maintaining the grave yard.  more »
  • In a short hike we were able to see snakes, turtles, lizards, enormous bugs, and alligators. The walk along a nice boardwalk made it possible to get near the wildlife without feeling in any kind of da...  more »
  • I’m glad we decided to visit the barataria preserve today! We first stopped at the visitors center where a very helpful lady gave us advice on which trails to take and showed us the map. She said that...  more »
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  • This is such a wonderful and magical place. The trails are amazing, just like they put a nice boardwalk right down through the deepest parts of nature. You will walk along and hear new sounds, see gators that you can reach out and touch, insects as big as your arm, and plants that make you fee like you are in the jungle. The beauty and cleanliness of this place is astounding. This is a great area to escape the city and get back to nature. The welcome shop has some great information about the history of the area and how the marsh lands are disappearing. Every trail is a different kind of experience with different types of sights along each one. I recommend trying all the trails that you can. This is a great spot to take visitors to Louisiana without paying for a swamp tour and treating it more as a choose your own adventure (don't worry, the gators are pretty lazy and won't chase you).
  • We loved the swamp tour. We spotted several gators. They would swim right up to the boat. The plant and wildlife were beautiful. It was break from the busy city and our guide Darrin and co guide Dominic were very knowledgeable and entertaining!! One of the best part of our trip to New Orleans!
  • We visited this place as part of the Creole Queen river tour. Great place with lots of information. The visitor center has some nice exhibits and even lets one touch and lift cannon balls.
  • Bucket list.. Such a nice soothing boat ride With lots of history And wildlife. I really enjoyed it...and would recommend to everyone.
  • This preserve is close to NOLA and has several trails . We were on the one by the canal and saw many alligators. The best time is early in the morning, the birds are active and so are the "Gators": they were talking to each other and one even swam up to check us out. Our swamps are a valuable resource and need to be preserved. This is a great place to visit with children. Please observe the park rules.

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