Louisiana Travel Guide

Louisiana State Travel Guide

Louisiana Brief History

Louisiana was named after King Louis XIV by the French, who were the first settlers there. For about two hundred years after that, the flag of French monarchy swayed over the land. It was after the Seven Years War that the Spanish Empire overtook the scepter from the French. The graceful French architectures were already there, and now, Louisiana looked all the more beautiful with the typical Southern colonial architecture of Spain. However, Napoleon Bonaparte did purchase Louisiana back again, but that was not the end of the changing hands. Louisiana was purchased by the Americans from the French for 15 million dollars. That was back in 1803. Since then, it has not only been a part, but also the most beautiful part of the United States of America.

Immigrants from the West Indies, Europe and Africa started to move to Louisiana and settle there. It has been a land of diversities as always, but every culture retained the identity of its own, enriching and adding to the heritage and grandeur of the state.

Louisiana State Information

Louisiana Official Language(s) De jure: None
De facto: English and French
Louisiana Demonym Louisianian, Louisianais (French)
Lwizyané(èz) (Creole)
Louisiana Capital Baton Rouge
Louisiana Largest City New Orleans
Louisiana Largest Metro Area Greater New Orleans
Louisiana Area  Ranked 31st in the US
 - Total 51,885 sq mi
(135,382 km2)
 - Width 130 miles (210 km)
 - Length 379 miles (610 km)
 - % water 15
 - Latitude 28° 56′ N to 33° 01′ N
 - Longitude 88° 49′ W to 94° 03′ W
Louisiana Population  Ranked 25th in the US
 - Total 4,410,796 (2008 est.)
- Density 102.59/sq mi  (39.61/km2)
Ranked 24th in the US
Louisiana Elevation  
 - Highest Point Driskill Mountain
535 ft  (163 m)
 - Mean 98 ft  (30 m)
 - Lowest Point New Orleans
-7 ft  (-1.6 m)
Louisiana Before Statehood Territory of Orleans
Louisiana Admission to Union  April 30, 1812 (18th)
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R)
Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle (D)
Louisiana Legislature State Legislature
 - Upper House State Senate
 - Lower House House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu (D)
David Vitter (R)
U.S. House Delegation 6 Republicans, 1 Democrat
Louisiana Time Zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Louisiana Abbreviations LA US-LA
Louisiana Website http://www.louisiana.gov

More about Louisiana

Louisiana is the land where the Old-world religion, Cajun tradition and colonial atmosphere blend themselves beautifully together to create a culture that is alluringly distinct. So, when you are planning for a trip to Louisiana, you know that you are going to get your money’s worth. The aura and ambience of the multicultural settings melts into a homogeneous whole, making it as spicy and heady as the cuisine of Louisiana.

Louisiana is mainly famous for the unique history and the cuisines – the seafood empires as well as the music. The Cajun culture of Southwest Louisiana is as enchanting as the Creole culture. The culture in the northern half of Louisiana resembles that of Mississippi, Arkansas, and East Texas.

Louisiana is exceptionally hot, especially during the summer months. The humidity makes the climate seem hotter than it actually is. So, when you plan your visit to Louisiana, do it in the fall, winter or spring. Louisiana is at its best during those times.

If you are an adventure-lover, then Northern Louisiana is the perfect place for you. Hunt duck, deer and fortunes, and have a gala time at the casinos out there.

English is the official language throughout Louisiana. But in the southern and rural parts of the state, French is still spoken, though by a lesser number of people.

Things to See and Do in Louisiana

Louisiana is not just about a handful of tourist attractions. The unique atmosphere of the state is what Louisiana is mainly known for.

The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge; however, New Orleans remains the tourist hotspot.

Louisiana is strikingly different from the other states of the USA. You will find many old mansions dotting the city that tend to speak history through their age-old architecture. Some of them even date back beyond the 19th century. The old French Quarter ofNew Orleans is a place you can’t afford to miss. Most part of it was devastated by the hurricane Katrina, but still, the colonial houses in the old lanes seem to be enchanted with an aura of history.

Natchitoches is the oldest town in the state. If you are bored with the pomp and show of city life, you should get to be there, walk past the old yet graceful houses and have a sumptuous lunch at a Creole restaurant.

Lafayette and Lugu Lake are also going to mesmerize you with their beauty and charm. If you are the kind of person who likes to indulge in the natural bounties of a place, visit the Destrehan Plantation. It was built way back in 1787. The Ormond Plantation which is located nearby is the oldest French West Indies style Creole plantation.

There are quite a number of voodoo museums in the states, the long tradition of the voodoo magic brought in by the slaves who were brought from Africa. Visit the tomb of Marie Laveau, who had been known as the legendary voodoo queen. Her tomb is situated atNew Orleans’s St. Louis no. 1 cemetery.

Mardi Gras is celebrated with great gusto in Louisiana. Not only the city’s inhabitants, but also tourists from different parts of the world gather together to celebrate the event. This festival is marked by colorful and decadent parades.