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The unofficial capital of French Louisiana, Lafayette personifies this eclectic, independent culture with its diverse offerings of music, food, and history. The Creole people have created a world all their own in the Bayou State, turning scraps into gumbo and washboards into zydeco music. Along the way, “The Heart of Cajun Country” turned hardship into opportunity and spawned a unique way of life. From jambalaya to swamp tours, your Lafayette car rental is your ticket to the Louisiana lifestyle at its best.
Lafayette flights land just 2 miles southeast of downtown, so you’ll already be in the middle of the action. Pick up your rental car in Lafayette and choose your next destination. Nature lovers can head 30 miles south to Avery Island to stroll through seemingly endless live oak groves draped with Spanish moss. The island is home to the Tabasco Sauce Factory, and was turned into a wildlife preserve by the company’s founder. See who can find the antique Buddha statue or count the most snowy egrets, which migrate to the island by the thousands every spring. Then tour the greenhouses of the factory itself and learn about the special chili peppers grown there. Just want to kick back? In Breaux Bridge, 10 miles east of Lafayette, you can get (safely) up close and personal with a different type of “local” on a swamp tour. Bring the bug spray and get ready to see alligators, otters, and mink among the ancient cypress trees.
You’ll want to dance a Cajun jig when you see Travelocity’s cheap deals on truck and car rentals in Lafayette. Bundle and save with our vacation packages when you book your Lafayette hotel and airfare together. Then splurge on pecan pralines and endless crawfish—you can afford it!