Louisiana Travel Guide

Louisiana Travel Guide

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Louisiana is a state of the United States that is located in the southeastern region of the United States.

It is currently the 31st largest and the 25th most populous state in the United States of America. Louisiana is nicknamed Pelican State, because of the heraldic bird, and Bayou State, because of the many swamps.

With a size of 134,264 km², Louisiana is located directly at the mouth of the Mississippi River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its location with the many rivers and swamps, this state consists of many wetlands and a total of 21,440 km² of water bodies. In the north of the state, Louisiana borders the Ouachita Mountains with the Driskill Mountain, the only peak in the state. At this point, many rivers form, coming out of the mountains, flowing through the state and partially ending in the Mississippi River.

According to citypopulationreview.com, Louisiana became famous for its largest city, New Orleans(“the cradle of jazz”), which is not its capital, however, but the beautiful city of Baton Rouge with its many attractions. Louisiana is unique in that it is the only state with political subdivisions called Parishes. There are 64 Parishes in total in Louisiana, with East Baton Rouge Parish being the largest in terms of population. And Vernon is the largest community by area.

In addition, Louisiana was the first US state to offer tax breaks to film and television production companies. Since then, Louisiana has been the most popular state for film and television, after California and New York.

Location of Louisiana

Louisiana is bordered by Arkansas to the north, the Mississippi River to the east, Texas to the west, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south with a border approximately 340 miles long.

Climate in Louisiana

Louisiana has a humid subtropical climate with long, hot, humid summers and short, mild winters. The Gulf of Mexico has a major influence on this climate. The combination of warm Gulf waters, low altitude and low latitude creates the mild subtropical climate.

It can rain here all year round, although the summers are always a bit wetter. Temperatures rise to an average of 32°C from mid-June to mid-September and are much higher in the northern part of the US state than in the southern part.

In winter, temperatures are warm in the southern part of the state, while highs around New Orleans, Baton Rouge, southern Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico average 67°F (19°C).

Attractions in Louisiana

Many sights worth seeing are located in Louisiana, such as Louis Armstrong Park, the French Quarter or St. Louis Cathedral. But also many museums are located here like: Alexandria Museum of Art, Confederate Memorial Hall, LSU Rural Life Museum, Louisiana History Museum, Louisiana State Museum, RW Norton Art Gallery, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Mint, New Orleans Museum of Art, River Road African American Museum and the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Also located here is the Louisiana State Penitentiary (also known as “The Farm” or “Angola”), a prison in the US state of Louisiana. With more than 5,000 inmates and over 1,800 employees, it is the largest maximum security prison in the United States.

UNESCO world heritage

There are no UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Louisiana.

National Park in Louisiana

There are no national parks in the state of Louisiana. But there are 22 state parks here.

Cities and interesting places in Louisiana

New Orleans
Barton Rouge
Shreveport
Lafayette
Lake Charles
Kenner
Bossier City

Universities & Colleges in Louisiana

The most important state universities are combined in the University of Louisiana System and the Louisiana State University System. Other universities include Southern University and A&M College and Tulane University.

Airports in Louisiana

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport / MSY
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport / BTR
Shreveport Regional Airport / SHV
Lafayette Regional Airport / LFT
Alexandria International Airport / AEX

Rivers & Lakes in Louisiana

Mississippi River
Calcasieu Lake
Catahoula Lake
D’Arbonne Lake
Lake Pontchartrain
Toledo Bend Reservoir

Mountains in Louisiana

Diskill Mountain

Louisiana Travel Guide