Avery Island © Brad Kebodeaux
Avery Island is located on an eight-mile (13km) deep salt dome located in Iberia Parish, 137 miles (220km) west of New Orleans. A rock salt mine was opened on the island during the American Civil War, producing enormous amounts of salt for the Confederacy. Known as the birthplace of Tabasco Sauce, Avery Island is still home to the Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory, which offers tours to the public. The island also contains the Jungle Gardens wildlife refuge, home to alligators, deer and raccoons; and Bird City, a pond with specially-built piers for viewing snowy egrets, among other birds.