Lafayette, Louisiana (originally named Vermilionville) was founded in the mid-to-late eighteenth century along the banks of the Vermilion River. Acadians arrived from Canada as part of the Great Expulsion and settled in south Louisiana. The settlers married other settlers creating the Cajun culture we know today. Lafayette was renamed for Marquis de Lafayette in 1884.
Average temperatures for Lafayette range from the mid-60s during the winter months to the mid-90s during summer. Rainfall averages 4.8 inches per month but can vary greatly due to tropical systems and the threat of hurricanes from June-December. Lafayette is located in the south-central portion of the state between Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, on the western edge of the Atchafalaya Basin.
Lafayette is known as the ‘Hub City’ as it is home to the intersection of I-10 and I-49, railroad stop, and a stable population. Some of the major landmarks of the city include the Cajundome, St. John’s Cathedral, and Vermilionville tourist center.
Lafayette is the home to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and the Ragin’ Cajuns as well as South Louisiana Community College.
Lafayette is well-known for festivals including Festival International de Louisiane, Festivals Acadians et Creoles, and more. Lafayette is also well-known for food offerings from Cajun/Creole, Asian fusion cuisine, po-boys, plate lunches, and some of the best food you can find in a gas station around any corner.