- Abita Springs
- Baton Rouge: The state capitol
- Covington: You'll Cross A Bridge When You Come To It
- Lafayette: The center of Cajun Country
- Lake Charles
- Mandeville: On the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, across from New Orleans.
- Natchitoches: The oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase
- New Orleans: The state's largest city and top tourist destination.
- Shreveport: The biggest city of North Louisiana
- Chalmette - Site of the Battle of New Orleans National Monument
- Great River Road - Between New Orleans & Baton Rouge.
- New Roads - Small and Peaceful, yet energetic town on the banks of False River.
- Terrebonne Parish
- Woodworth - One of the fastest growing communities in central Louisiana.
Louisiana is known for its unique history, its oil/gas and seafood empires, its music, its diverse cultural make-up, including the Cajun culture of Southwest Louisiana and its once dominant Creole culture, its vast wetlands, swamps, bayous, and its sugar & cotton plantations along its waterways.
A word to the wise, The heat in Louisiana can often become unbearable especially during summer months. People not from the South should understand that the humidity can make it feel much hotter than it actually is. Seek shade, wear loose clothes (preferably white) and remember to drink lots of water to help prevent against heat related illnesses.
Only since 1916 has English been promoted as the official language of Louisiana. For the previous 200 years, French was spoken in much of the southern half of the state. Today, English is spoken by nearly all; however, it is not uncommon to hear conversations in French in the southern and rural parts of the state.
- Avery Island, A few miles southwest of New Iberia is Avery Island, home of the McIlhenny Tabasco factory and a wildlife sanctuary. The island is actually an eight-mile deep salt dome. Visitors can drive and walk through 250 acres of subtropical jungle flora with an amazing array of wildlife.
- Wildlife Gardens, 5306 North Black Bayou Drive, Gibson, http://www.wildlifegardens.com. 30 acres of preserved swamp where you can walk around a nature trail on shady paths. Apart from the natural wildlife there are ostriches, bobcats, nutria and alligators on display in cages and paddocks and peacocks roam the grounds. Bed and breakfast accommodation is available in four small 'trapper's cabins', adjacent to a small swamp. Each has its own front porch overlooking the water and ideal for gator watching. Staying overnight is a unique experience that kids will love.
- New Orleans French Quarter is a world famous destination year round, but especially during Mardi Gras. Unique architecture, excellent restaurants, and interesting people make this a great destination in the city.
- Natchitoches, the oldest town in Louisiana, is a unique small city in north central Louisiana. It was the backdrop of the movie "Steel Magnolias" and has architecture reminiscent of the French Quarter in its Historic District in front of the Cane River Lake. Graceful mansions line the river as well as Bed and Breakfasts. A great destination to visit if you're in the northern part of the state and a hub for nearby Creole plantations along Cane River.
- Great River Road-Plantation Country, the 70-mile stretch between New Orleans & Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River with Creole and Ante-Bellum sugar plantations, rural settlements, B&Bs, Cajun & Creole restaurants. After the French Quarter, plantations on "Great River Road" represent Louisiana's most visited destination.
The legal drinking age is 21. However in New Orleans and parts of Acadiana this drinking age is not rigorously enforced. In March 1996, the Supreme Court of Louisiana upheld a previous ruling by Judge Aucoin that the 21 year old drinking age was unconstitutional, violating the Constitution's equal protection clause. However, it later overturned this ruling. Within hours of the first ruling, the state law enforcement community vowed to enforce the current law, until the loophole in the Constitution was closed. More than 10 years later that loophole is still there. Rule of thumb for anyone wanting to party in Louisiana, regardless of age: don't drink and drive. If you are over 18 but under 21, you generally won't have much problem in New Orleans. Just play your cards right, act like the adult that you are, drink responsibly and you'll have a good time. Don't argue with bartenders, police officers or liquor store owners.
Louisiana (as much of the rest of the South), are known to display the stereotypical "Southern hospitality". However usually it will only be given if you are giving respect back. Also most of Southern Louisiana residents are mostly Cajun, and French is still spoken by these people, however the Cajun French is a very strong dialect difficult to understand for many French speakers, particularly those for whom French is a second language.
Also the world-famous Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005 is still an emotional subject to many Louisianans, many of whom evacuated to other states following the disaster, and often joking about it will bring an negative response. Also talking about it in a normal matter is also avoidable, as many are still emotionally affected by the disaster, that even mentioning it could sometimes bring the locals to tears.
- Texas - America's second largest state borders Louisiana to the west. With a rich history and culture, this fiercely independent state measures over 267,000 square miles in area, making it slightly larger than France.
- Arkansas - Louisiana's northern neighbor, "The Natural State", is home to the Ozark Mountains in the northwest while the south and east of the state has flatter land and shows more of its agricultural heritage.
- Mississippi - The state's eastern neighbor has Civil War battlefields, scenic parkways, and antebellum charm.
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