Grand Isle, LA
Why it made the list: Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle supplies New Orleans with seafood, especially shrimp and oysters. It’s also home to state parks, public beaches, a wildlife refuge, and lots of birds and butterflies. It’s been a vacation spot for Louisianians for generations. Only about 1,500 people live there permanently, and officials estimate 12,000 tourists come through every year.
Pro tip: Make like a native and spend a lazy day fishing. If you have a boat, bring it. If you don’t, hire one of the dozens of charter fishing companies on the island, or check out the public fishing pier at Grand Isle State Park. If you’re not the fishing type, no worries, there are plenty of places to indulge in the freshest seafood in the state, either already cooked and ready to eat, or sold by the pound to take home.