Louisiana offers something for everyone and that makes it pretty popular for destinations. The state itself is popular for the two big cities - New Orleans and for Baton Rouge. New Orleans came into the spot light with the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. However, even today, as the rehabilitation work continues, tourists are back to visiting the state, given that it is a critical piece of the state’s economy.
There are many options for people looking to travel to Louisiana. They can pick from the following regions:
The most popular cities of Louisiana are New Orleans and Baton Rouge. They are visited by many thousands of tourists on a regular basis.
|New Orleans Coordinates: 29°57′53″N 90°4′14″W|
|New Orleans Country||United States|
|New Orleans State||Louisiana|
|New Orleans Parish||Orleans|
|New Orleans Founded||1718|
|New Orleans Government|
|- Mayor||Mitch Landrieu (D)|
|New Orleans Area|
|- City and Parish||350.2 sq mi (907 km2)|
|- Land||180.6 sq mi (467.6 km2)|
|- Water||169.7 sq mi (439.4 km2)|
|- Metro||3,755.2 sq mi (9,726.6 km2)|
|New Orleans Elevation||-6.5 to 20 ft (-2 to 6 m)|
|New Orleans Population (2008)|
|- City and Parish||336,644|
|- Density||2,518/sq mi (973/km2)|
|- Demonym||New Orleanian|
|New Orleans Time Zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|- Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|New Orleans Area Code(s)||504|
|New Orleans Website||cityofno.com|
The city of New Orleans has been split up into many different districts. These districts are as follows:
While in New Orleans, there are many things that a tourist could do:
Historic Neighborhood: It’s a good idea to stroll around and look at the businesses and architecture.
Streetcar rides: They are at St. Charles Avenue and is of historic value
Riverboat cruises: You can pick between long or short cruises and have some great music on-board.
River ferries: This is a cheaper option than riverboats and some are even free. You can catch a great view of the downtown from the water.
Walking tours: These are very popular and are available in different districts.
Bicycle tours: They’re good to go and understand the extent to which the hurricane damaged the city. They can be done individually or in groups - whatever suits your needs and fancy.
Gambling and Casinos: In the Central Business district, right next to the quarter is a place called ‘Harrah’s.’ This casino is considered to be world class and offers over a thousand different games and more than 2000 slots. They also offer an all day long buffet where you can eat all you want, apart from other available eating options.
Antique Shopping: Louisiana is considered to be a great plan to show for antiques. They’re available everywhere, but are specifically good at Royal Street in the the Quarter of the Business District, or at Magazine Street.
|Coordinates: 30°27′29″N 91°8′25″W|
|Baton Rouge Country||United States|
|Baton Rouge State||Louisiana|
|Baton Rouge Parish||East Baton Rouge Parish|
|Baton Rouge Founded||1699|
|Baton Rouge Incorporated||16 January 1817|
|Baton Rouge Government|
|- Mayor||Melvin "Kip" Holden (D)|
|Baton Rouge Area|
|- City||79.1 sq mi (204.8 km2)|
|- Land||76.8 sq mi (198.9 km2)|
|- Water||2.2 sq mi (5.7 km2) 2.81%|
|Baton Rouge Elevation||46 ft (14 m)|
|Baton Rouge Population (2007)|
|- Density||2,964.7/sq mi (1,144.8/km2)|
|Baton Rouge Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|- Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Baton Rouge Area Code(s)||225|
|Baton Rouge Website||http://www.brgov.com|
While in Baton Rouge there are many things that a tourist could do:
Swine Palace Productions: This theatre was at first brought together for judging livestock. However, the Swine Palace is today used by one of the most professional and premier theatre companies of Baton Rouge. They are the Reilly Theatre.
Shaw Center for the Arts: This arts center is located in downtown Baton Rouge and is the city’s latest offering in arts.
Blue Bayou Water Park/Dixie Landin’: This is a popular amusement park that is located just outside the town. The most popular ride is the ‘Conja.’