Happiest City in America

Lafayette Named World’s #1 Best Place to Travel in 2023 by Travel Lemming

Lafayette, Louisiana, has been named the #1 best place to travel in the world in 2023 by Travel Lemming, a US-based online travel guide read by more than 6 million travelers. The annual list of 50 best places to travel highlights emerging destinations and hidden gems worldwide. The article invites travelers to “take in the aromas of Creole cuisine and the rhythm of Cajun music while wandering this Southern city’s historic streets,” and we've compiled a guide to help you do just that!

Below are some resources to help you plan your trip to Travel Lemming's #1 best place to travel in the world.

Noel Acadien au Village

Noel Acadian au Village features half a million lights, live entertainment, and carnival rides spread across 10 acres in Acadian Village. Proceeds from... Read More

Pet Friendly Places in Lafayette

Hey there, all you convivial canines! As the official "dogger" (i.e., doggy blogger) for Lafayette Travel, I'm panting with excitement to... Read More

Italian Restaurants in Lafayette

Italian restaurants can serve many purposes: pizza with friends, a romantic dinner, or a comforting plate of cheesy red lasagna after a hard day at... Read More

Lafayette Weekly

Acadiana-based opera singer Andre Courville and vocal trio Sweet Cecilia are set to perform a special Christmas concert this week. Courville has... Read More

Getting to Lafayette

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.

Plan Your Escape

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.

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