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Louisiana mapWith a rich and colorful past, Louisiana has always been a center of European influence since the early days of exploration, when it was first visited by the likes of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in the 16th century.

100 years later, France became a major influence when Sieur de la Salle reached the mouth of the Mississippi and laid claim to the region for Louis XIV.

A French crown colony by the early 1700's, the area was traded back and forth in the ensuing century between Spain and France - when Napoleon finally sold it off to the U.S. in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.

Today, Cajun or "French with a Southern drawl" can still be heard in Louisiana most heavily throughout the Mississippi Delta region and in Lafayette Cajun country. (While here, don't miss a step back in time with a visit to the Vermilionville Living History Museum for a close-up look at ol' French Louisiana.)

Louisiana tourist attractions
Top Louisiana attractions include the historic charm and jazzy nightlife of New Orleans,
authentic Cajun style cooking, and a trip back in time to Civil War-era plantation life.

New Orleans
, of course, remains the state's biggest tourist draw with its Bourbon Street jazz clubs, top restaurants, the charm of the French Quarter, and the world famous Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebration. While here, don't miss the city's famous food specialties by lunching on a po'boy sandwich or satisfying your sweet tooth with the luxurious taste of New Orleans pralines.

Other activities on the "The Big Easy" must-do list include sightseeing aboard a New Orleans streetcar, followed by an historic New Orleans paddlewheel riverboat tour of the mighty Mississippi River.

Around the state, more attractions await at historic plantations near Natchitoches, the Old State Capitol at Baton Rouge, and a network of very popular Louisiana state parks.

DID YOU KNOW? Louisiana Travel Fun Facts

Camera ready: the Evangeline Oak.

• The St. Charles Avenue streetcar in New Orleans is the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world.

• Bayou (pronounced BUY-you) is the French name for "slow-moving river."

Louisiana Cajuns are descendants of the Acadians who were driven out of Canada in the 1700s because they wouldn't swear allegiance to the King of England.

• Spanning 24 miles, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the world's longest bridge over water.

• One of the most photographed trees in the world is The Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville.

also see -> Louisiana Beaches | Louisiana Campgrounds

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