Known for its unique culture and events, Louisiana is home to over 400 festivals a year. With a festival for everything you can think of, including the well-known Mardi Gras, there is always something to celebrate in this fun-loving state. Everywhere you go, Louisiana’s culture shines through in classic jazz or blues played by local musicians, and through the zesty taste of Cajun cooking coming from its famous restaurants. The Bayou State is also full of natural beauty; in fact the state is home to the country’s largest wetland, and an array of natural reserves and forests. No wonder “Sportman’s Paradise” is on its state license plate. So whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast, music lover, or foodie, you’ll find much to love in Louisiana.
Named after the Duke of Orleans, this the largest metropolitan area in Louisiana. As a major port, New Orleans has been strongly influenced by European cultures which can clearly be seen from the distinct French, Spanish, and Creole architecture around the city. In its famous French Quarter and other neighborhoods, the combination of cuisine, music, festivals, nightlife and colorful characters makes New Orleans one of the most unique cities in the US. Family fun includes catching a Saints game or trips to the Audubon Zoo or Aquarium.
As the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge serves as the political hub of the state. It is also a major center for all things scientific – including medical research, petrochemical studies, and technological advancement. It is no surprise it has been ranked as one of the “Top 10 places for Young Adults” and the “Best Place in the Country to Start a New Business”!
Nicknamed the “Hub City,” all main roads lead to Lafayette. It is the center of Cajun and Creole culture in the US, which also makes it a great place to get delicious food. The city also has a dominant petroleum and natural gas industry, which has definitely been an economy booster in recent years. It’s also home to the University of Louisiana, which lends a college town atmosphere to this mid-sized city.
Known as the “Heart of Louisiana,” Alexandria is a vibrant city in the center of the state. Rich in history, Alexandria was an active location in the Civil War and preserves this legacy through various museums and landmarks. Like other Louisiana cities, it combines beautiful parks and outdoor recreation with many entertainment options and festivals, such as RiverFest, a celebration of local art, music and food on the banks of the Red River.
Ever heard of ARKLATEX? It’s the region where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet with Shreveport as the commercial and cultural center of it all. Its rapidly growing gaming industry includes numerous casinos and horse racing, which add to the fun and recent population growth. The city is also known for many movies that have been filmed there, such as The Guardian, Premonition, Battle LA, and Olympus Has Fallen.
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