Avery Island, Louisiana © Wikipedia
Avery Island is located on an eight-mile (13km) deep salt dome located in Iberia Parish, 137 miles (220km) west of New Orleans. 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.
Opening times: Jungle Gardens and Bird City: daily 9am-5pm; factory closes 4pm.
Admission: $1 per car to enter the island; Jungle Gardens and bird City: $8 adults, $5 children under 12.