Louisiana is a southeastern U.S. state in the Deep South, on the Gulf of Mexico. Its history as a melting pot of French, African, American and French-Canadian cultures is reflected in its Creole and Cajun cultures. The largest city, New Orleans, is known for its colonial-era French Quarter, raucous Mardi Gras festival, jazz music, Renaissance-style St. Louis Cathedral and wartime exhibits at the huge National WWII Museum. It is the 20th-smallest by area and the 25th most populous of the 50 U.S. states. Louisiana is bordered by the state of Texas to the west, Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. A large part of its eastern boundary is demarcated by the Mississippi River. Louisiana is the only U.S. state with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are equivalent to counties, making it one of only two U.S. states not subdivided into counties (the other being Alaska). The state’s capital is Baton Rouge, and its largest city is New Orleans.
New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties. New Orleans never gets old, even on this my third trip!
It’s awesome to wander around the French Quarter and explore all the Neighborhoods: French Quarter, Garden District, New Orleans East Area, City Park, Uptown/Carrollton, Tremé / Lafitte, Central Business District, Seventh Ward, Mid-City, Algiers, Audubon, Gentilly, Marigny, Touro, Bywater, Lower Ninth Ward, Lakeview and more. My kids also love to travel and our Louisiana trips are definitely a fave location of theirs!