The U.S. state of Louisiana is situated in the south part of the country, on the Gulf of Mexico, bordering the states of Arkansas (north), Mississippi (east) and Texas (west). Influences of different cultures especially the French Acadians, African and Native American shaped the culture of Louisiana, famous for the music and the food. The largest city in Louisiana, New Orleans, is considered to be the birthplace of jazz music, so jazz houses in this city are recommended and so are the music festivals, for example, the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In the state capital, the lively city of Baton Rouge, situated on the east bank of the Mississippi River, you will find historic sites, culture and excellent restaurants especially in the downtown area. Many plantations and plantation houses in this state are National Historic Landmarks and tourist attractions.
Population: estimated 4.681 million inhabitants
Capital: Baton Rouge
Other major cities: New Orleans, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Bossier City, Kenner, Alexandria, Monroe
Main attractions: Louisiana State Capitol, St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, Preservation Hall, National WWII Museum, LSU Rural Life Museum , African American Museum, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Magnolia Mound Plantation House, Whitney Plantation, Alley Plantation, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, USS Kidd, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Avery Island, Wildlife Gardens
Major Airports: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Alexandria International Airport (AEX), Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR), Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT), Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH)
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