About Louisiana Map: Louisiana is a state located in the southern part of the United States. It is bordered to the west by Texas; to the east by the state of Mississippi; to the north by Arkansas; and has the Gulf of Mexico to its south.
Originally inhabited by Native Americans, Louisiana became a French colony in the 17th century.
Louisiana has two distinct geographical features: the uplands of the north and the alluvial region along the coast. The northern uplands consist of prairies and woodlands while the alluvial region includes swamp lands, coastal marshlands, and barrier islands. The major rivers of the state are the Mississippi River, the Red River, and the Ouachita River.
Louisiana has a humid sub-tropical climate with long hot summers and short, mild winters. The state is also vulnerable to tropical storms, thunderstorms, and hurricanes.
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Tourism is an important industry in Louisiana, thanks to its scenic beauty and vibrant culture. Some popular tourist destinations of Louisiana are: New Orleans: This city is a melting pot of culture and the hub of tourism. The Mardi Gras Parade, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, The National WWII Museum, Jackson Square, and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival are some of the attractions of this city.
Baton Rouge: Known for its southern lifestyle and historic sites, key attractions of this city are the Tiger Stadium, Shaw Center for Arts, Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, and its museums including the USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial and Louisiana's Old State Capitol.
Lafayette: This city is famous for its cultural scene. It holds two prominent festivals, Festival International de Louisiane in April and Festivals Acadiens in October which attract tourists all over the world. Historical sites like Acadian Village and Vermilionville are also worth a visit. Alexandria: Located in central Louisiana, Alexandria is known for its annual Mardi Grass celebration and Cajun Culture. Places of interest in the city include Kent Plantation House, Alexandria Zoological Park, and Southern Forest Heritage Museum & Research Center.
Lake Charles: Visit this city for its casinos, golf courses, and its happening night life.
Mandeville: This city is home to Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, the longest continuous bridge in the world. It also has the Fontainebleau State Park, which a nature lover’s paradise.
Monroe: If you are interested in military history, visit the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum. Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is also a place of tourist interest.
Shreveport-Bossier: It has a flourishing film industry and is known for its gaming and live entertainment scene.
Last Updated On : Sept 11, 2014
Joined the UnionApril 30, 1812 (18th state)
Total Area51,843 sq mi
Largest CityNew Orleans
Highest pointDriskill Mountain
Lowest pointNew Orleans