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LouisianaUnited States of America

French Quarter showing a house and heritage architecture

Experience the blend of cultures in this state that comes alive with the intoxicating combination of jazz, Creole cuisine and carnivals.

As a onetime French colony, Louisiana has intermixed its European influence with indigenous roots to create a unique culture, language and atmosphere.

You’ll hear locals calling New Orleans “Nahlins” in a long, slow drawl. Listening to the mixture of southern accents is part of the fun of the visit to Louisiana. Food follows the accent. Enjoy French beignets, deep-fried pastries dusted with sugar, Cajun blackened catfish and Creole jambalaya, made with meat, seafood, rice and enticing spices.

Walk around New Orleans to see the different quarters. Some parts of the city are below sea level, protected from flooding by levees. Notice remnants of the damage in 2005 as waters were swept from Lake Pontchartrain by Hurricane Katrina.

Plan your visit to participate in Mardi Gras in February. Grab some colorful beads and a few bits of costume clothing and join in as multiple krewes put on parades winding through the streets of the French Quarter.

You’re bound to hear a rousing rendition of the city’s favorite song, When the Saints Go Marching In. New Orleans is one of the jazz capitals of the world, the home of Louis Armstrong and Harry Connick, Jr. Attend the Jazz & Heritage Festival in April/May.

At the Superdome watch the NFL football New Orleans Saints, winners of the 2009 Super Bowl. Enjoy the game, the very warm weather and a po-boy sandwich at the stadium.

See historic architecture at the state capital of Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River or stroll across the campus of Louisiana State University to watch great college football.

Go to Shreveport, near the borders of Texas and Arkansas, to enjoy golf, boating, fishing and casino gambling. Visit the Water Works Museum, the 8th Air Force Museum and the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.

Cajun Riviera, Grande Isle and the shores of Lake Charles offer beach activities. For a laid-back vacation, Louisiana offers both southern charm and seasonal excitement.

Popular cities in Louisiana

New Orleans
New Orleans
Known for Historical, Live Music and Dancing
Listen to jazz at its best, eat spicy Creole food and dress in costume for parades and festivities during Mardi Gras in this fascinating southern U.S. city.

Reasons to visit

  • Magazine Street
  • Frenchmen Street
  • Audubon Park
Howard Wilkinson Bridge showing a river or creek, a sunset and a bridge
Baton Rouge
Known for Sport, Casino and River View
This city on the banks of the Mississippi is home to Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium, three riverfront casinos and supposedly one of America’s most-haunted homes.

Reasons to visit

  • Baton Rouge River Center
  • Louisiana State Capitol
  • Old State Capitol
Lafayette showing a bar and night scenes as well as a small group of people
Lafayette
Known for Sport, Festival and Live Music
In the heart of Louisiana, visit this scenic French-American city full of historical monuments, churches and cultural activities.

Reasons to visit

  • Vermilionville
  • Atchafalaya Basin Bridge
  • Acadian Village
Shreveport featuring a garden
Shreveport
Known for Casino, Dining and Shopping
Since an economic downturn in the early 1980s this former oil and gas town has been reinventing itself as a cultural, entertainment and shopping hub.

Reasons to visit

  • Louisiana Boardwalk
Lake Charles featuring a lake or waterhole and a sunset
Lake Charles
Known for Casino, Dining and Lake
Enjoy mouth-watering cuisine, foot-tapping music and summer festivals in this city in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country.

Reasons to visit

  • North Beach Interstate 10
Natchitoches which includes a city
Natchitoches
Known for Historical, Walking and Festival
Be captivated by the European-influenced culture in this historic community, which was Louisiana’s first French colony, on the scenic banks of the Cane River.