Summer 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!
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.
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!
Grabbing a bite in summer is one thing, but making food yourself is another adventure entirely. Whether you’re a master chef or an expert with the microwave, this is the season to don your hat and apron. From new recipes to new food altogether, there’s plenty to learn this summer. We here at Nissan of Lake Charles have some of the best summer barbecue recipes to ever hit the grill!
Grilled Veggie Skewers – A quick-to-eat treat, grilled veggie skewers require the following ingredients: cherry tomatoes, eggplant in chunks, olive oil, Tabasco Original Red Sauce, salt, pepper, sugar, and minced cilantro. Preheat the grill while soaking wooden skewers to avoid burning them. Whisk the salt, pepper, sugar, cilantro, Tabasco sauce, and olive oil together. Slide the tomatoes and eggplant onto the skewers with space in between. Cover them in the mixed sauce then place them on the grill. When the eggplant is soft or has grill marks, turn them over.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken – To make grilled buffalo chicken, gather the following ingredients: hot sauce, unsalted butter, ketchup, boneless and skinless chicken breasts, ranch dressing, and hamburger buns. Preheat the grill while mixing the hot sauce, butter, and ketchup in a bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat it. Let it marinate for 20 minutes before removing the chicken. Grill the chicken until it reaches 165 degrees on the inside. Grill the hamburger buns until lightly toasted then add the chicken and dressing. Add blue cheese-apple slaw for an added burst of flavor.
If your family is like so many others in the United States, then you probably have a road trip coming up soon this summer. One part of a successful road trip is having a well-packed car, so here are a few tips on how to pack your car for a road trip.
Luggage. When packing your luggage into the trunk or cargo area, make sure the heaviest items are on the bottom. You also want to avoid stacking items so high that the driver can’t see out of the back of the vehicle.
Overnight bag. If you’ll be stopping overnight along the way, consider packing an overnight bag (perhaps a single suitcase for the whole family) that includes only the essentials you’ll need for the night and the next morning—a change of clothes, medicines, toiletries, etc. That way you don’t have to bring in all of your luggage and repack the car the next day.
Activity bag. Each member of the family should have a small bag of things to occupy them during the trip—books, tablets, coloring, handheld games, etc.
Snacks. If you’ve ever been on a road trip before you know how important food is while in the car. Pack a good supply of car-friendly snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy. Place the snack container in a central spot so everyone has access to it.