By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I want to avoid the big crowds during Mardi Gras but am still considering driving to Louisiana on our road trip this winter. Are there any discounts on attractions or hotels? If so, I'd like to get some coupons.

A: Next year, the state of Louisiana is celebrating the "Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial" with a plethora of events and activities planned all year throughout its five regions. For your trip preparations, be sure to log onto Louisiana Tourism's official web site at where you can download coupons and view free travel info as well as local weather info. When I did a search on coupons, it resulted in 13 different kinds. For instance, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the Holiday Inn showed rates of $79 from Sunday through Thursday and $99 on Fridays and Saturdays.


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