A sure sign that spring has arrived in Lafayette, LA is the abundance of azaleas in a spectrum of reds, pinks, whites, purples and salmons. The Lafayette, LA Azalea Trail begins at our Visitor Center located at 1400 NW Evangeline Thwy and meanders through the city passing many Lafayette, LA landmarks.
Approximately 20 miles of Lafayette, LA city streets are lined with azaleas that adorn beautiful homes and historical sites. Some of the bushes of gigantic proportions are over 50-years-old. In Lafayette, LA, the predominant variety is the Formosa, christened the “General Lafayette, LA,” which blooms in colors of lavender and fuchsia.
The azalea, a native of East Asia, was brought to the Gulf Coast area over two centuries ago. The azalea ranges in size from dwarf to jumbo. The name “azalea” came about in the 1700s and is of Greek origin meaning "dry." This is because the azalea is a flowering shrub that blooms during the spring and thrives in dry soil. In Chinese culture, azaleas are called “xiang shu” which translates to "thinking of home bush” because it is a shrub that represents thoughtfulness and pensiveness.
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The city of Lafayette, LA is located in the center of Lafayette Parish at the intersection of I-10 and I-49 between New Orleans and Houston and only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The eight parishes that comprise the area are Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion. Acadiana is made up of 22 South Louisiana parishes that extend from south of Alexandria in the center of the state, to Lake Charles on the west, south of New Orleans on the east, and to the Gulf of Mexico in the south.
Lafayette, LA is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.