Best Summer Road Trips in Louisiana

Girl In Car Going On A Road TripSummer road trips have been an American tradition for many families since the mid-1900s. Louisiana is home to several iconic sights and a few well-kept secrets that make it the perfect state to explore beneath the summer sun. Here are some of the best summer road trips in Louisiana recommended by us here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

White Castle

While it may sound familiar as a cheap restaurant, this White Castle is much more impressive. Otherwise known as Nottoway Plantation, White Castle stands as the largest remaining antebellum mention in the entire Southern United States. Visitors can even pay to stay a night in a mansion built in the late 1800s and sitting at 53,000 square feet!

Jean Lafitte National Park

Six sites make up Jean Lafitte National Park, but the best of the bunch is certainly Barataria Preserve. The 23,000-acre wetlands offer plenty of natural wonders to behold, including wildlife like frogs and birds. Keep your eyes open as you explore the marshes and forests, though. The area is also home to alligators.

Tunica Hills

Hills aren’t the first thing one thinks of when Louisiana comes up in conversation. Tunica Hills, however, is a premier destination where visitors can enjoy nature and spot some wildlife on the loose. Foxes, bobcats, and coyotes tend to roam the area, so be sure to have your eyes open and camera ready!

Nissan supports Habitat for Humanity projects in Gulf Coast

Nissan is now in its sixth year of contributing to Habitat for Humanity, the international non-profit organization focused on building affordable housing for those in need throughout the United States.

Nissan’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity began five years ago, following the devastation of the 2005 hurricane season. It started with an annual donation of $1 million dollars. By 2011 that dollar amount had more than doubled, with the company giving $2.5 million to support sustainability, building efforts, training and awareness. To date, Nissan has given a total of $7.5 million to Habitat projects and sponsored the construction of 50 homes.

In addition to monetary donations, Nissan assists the organization by donating vehicles and encouraging Nissan employees to volunteer. 5,000 Nissan employees have helped with construction projects since the partnership began; last year, Nissan donated 50 Titan trucks to support rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region.

To find out more about the project or to volunteer, visit www.habitat.org or http://www.nissanusa.com/habitat-for-humanity.