Venture into the Louisiana Bayou and meet some gators
Word to the wise: If you're going with a New Orleans based tour group, prices are generally half that stated if you can make your own way by car to their docks outside the city.
Talk of the town: A football field-sized area of Louisiana wetland is lost every thirty minutes.
The remarkable Louisiana wetlands were created by thousands of years of flooding from the Mississippi delta, but are now seriously endangered by the canalisation of the river; invasive species such as nutria; logging; and oil and gas extraction.
There are a number of tour operators that take guided boat tours into the wetlands, among the eerie waterlogged pines and gnarled cypress trees where wildlife including alligators, egrets, and herons can be seen up close.
You can go it alone in theory, but you're in far more reliable hands with a guide. Captain Wendy of Wetland Tours will take you on a small or private eco-friendly tour, which emphasises restoration and protection concerns. If you need transportation, Tours of Honey Island (USD 45 with pickup from New Orleans) explore some of the most untouched parts of the bayou - it was here that Bigfoot was allegedly first seen.