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Louisiana is a state in the South of the United States of America.
Louisiana is bordered to the west by Texas, to the north by Arkansas, to the east by the state of Mississippi, and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico.
- Baton Rouge: The state capital
- Lafayette: The center of Cajun Country
- Lake Charles
- Natchitoches: The oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase
- New Orleans: The state's largest city and top tourist destination. See above warning.
- Shreveport: The biggest city of North Louisiana
- Alexandria, Louisiana
- Chalmette: Site of the Battle of New Orleans National Monument
- Mandeville: On the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, across from New Orleans
- Natchitoches: An early French colonial settlement
- Terrebonne Parish
Louisiana is known for its bayous, plantations along the Mississippi River, the Cajun culture in the South-West part of the state, and the Creole culture of the New Orleans area.
Louisiana has two official languages, English and French. English is by far the bigger of the two; however, it is not uncommon to hear conversations in French in the southern part of the state.
- Avery Island, A few miles southwest of New Iberia is Avery Island, home of the McIlhenny Tabasco factory and a wildlife sanctuary. The island is actually an eight-mile deep salt dome. Visitors can drive and walk through 250 acres of subtropical jungle flora with an amazing array of wildlife.
- Wildlife Gardens, The Wildlife Gardens at 5306 North Black Bayou Drive, Gibson, consist of 30 acres of preserved swamp, where you can walk around a nature trail on shady paths. Apart from the natural wildlife there are ostriches, bobcats, nutria and alligators on display in cages and paddocks and peacocks roam the grounds. Bed and breakfast accommodation is available in four small 'trapper's cabins', adjacent to a small swamp. Each has its own front porch overlooking the water and ideal for gator watching. Staying overnight is a unique experience that kids will love. http://www.wildlifegardens.com
- New Orleans French Quarter is a world famous destination year round, but especially during Mardi Gras. Unique architecture, excellent restaurants, and interesting people make this a great destination in the city.
- Natchitoches is a unique small city in north central Louisiana. It was the backdrop of the movie "Steele Magnolias" and has architecture reminiscent of the French Quarter in its Historic District in front of the Cane River Lake. Graceful mansions line the river as well as Bed and Breakfasts. A great destination to visit if you're in the northern part of the state.