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State of Louisiana

A land full of weeping willows, saucy jazz music, and a blend of cultures welcomes the visitor to Louisiana. As a state that was originally settled by the French and Spanish, Louisiana is one of the most diverse states in the United States. With a well deserved reputation for great food and great music, a vacation to Louisiana will be one that travelers will remember for decades to come.

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"Let me be clear - I want all Louisiana citizens to have choice - including the elderly and persons with disabilities - and their families - who rely on the state for their care."

by: Kathleen Blanco

Did You Know: Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States; the building is 450 feet tall with 34 floors.

Louisiana's Historical Attractions

One of the state's finest attractions that history lovers will enjoy is the Louisiana State Museum in Shreveport. Renowned for its large murals that tell the story of Louisiana's fascinating history, this museum gives visitors the opportunity to see how this fabulous state was settled and developed into the magnificent place it is today. With extremely detailed dioramas on key events in Louisiana history, the Louisiana State Museum is a must see site for anyone seeking a greater understanding of the culture and heritage of this state.

In addition to finding the exhibits at the Louisiana State Museum fascinating, history lovers that visit the Nottoway Plantation in White Castle will find fabulous exhibits that preserve the history of Louisiana's past as a region of grandiose plantations. Originally built in 1859, this plantation is an immaculately restored specimen of architecture from the mid-1800s. All in all, few places have preserved the essence of plantation life in the way Nottoway Plantation has.

Another fantastic historical attraction that visitors are certain to enjoy is the Acadian Village in Lafayette. Showcasing authentic homes that were built by refugees from Acadia and their descendants, this restored village shows what early life in Louisiana was like during the 1800s. With exhibits on Cajun and French history and art, the Acadian Village is one of the finest historical sites in the entire state. In general, visitors to this site are sure to leave with a greater appreciation for the unique culture of the Cajun people who settled in Louisiana.

One of the finest historical attractions in the state that tells of Louisiana's contributions to modern history is the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Originally started in the 1990s by the famed historian, Stephen Ambrose, this museum tells the story of how Louisiana's boat building industry helped to build the landing craft that carried US troops to victory in the Pacific and at Normandy. With exhibits on a number of key events in World War II and the role the US played in those events, this museum preserves this story in a fascinating way that visitors are certain to find enjoyable. Overall, there is no other museum in the world that tells the story of the US role in World War 2 the way this museum does.

Louisiana's Natural Attractions

Besides having great historical attractions, Louisiana is blessed with a number of wondrous natural attractions. One natural attraction that visitors are sure to enjoy is the Cajun Tours and Cruises in Houma. This tour company takes visitors out into Louisiana's swamps and bayous where they can see pelicans, cormorants, and alligators in an up-close and personal setting. Anyone wanting to get a taste of Louisiana's abundant wildlife is sure to be pleased by a tour with Cajun Tours and Cruises.

Another excellent natural attraction is the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom. This expansive wildlife preserve nurtures animals from around the world. With more than 4,000 animals on this 900 acre preserve, visitors get a hands-on education about wildlife conservation and preservation. Over the course of the 1 1/2 hour tour, visitors experience an exciting tour that allows them to gain a unique personal interaction with the animals. As an attraction that the whole family is sure to enjoy, the Global Wildlife Center is a stop that should be on any nature lover's itinerary.

Louisiana's Cultural Attractions

Besides having fantastic natural attractions, Louisiana also has plenty of mesmerizing cultural attractions. One of Louisiana's best cultural attractions is the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum in Baton Rouge. With extensive art exhibits and a magnificent planetarium, this museum lets visitors see some of the finest artistic and scientific achievements of the state. All in all, anyone visiting this museum is sure to leave with a deeper appreciation of the achievements of Louisiana's people.

While the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum tells the story of the state's scientific and artistic accomplishments, Bourbon Street in New Orleans tells the story of the state's musical accomplishments. With live bands and world-famous restaurants, Bourbon Street in the cultural epicenter of Louisiana. Overall, anyone visiting Bourbon Street is sure to enjoy the great food and excellent jazz and blues music this unique site has to offer.

With everything Louisiana's attractions offer visitors, a vacation to this state is sure to produce memories that will last a lifetime. As one of the most diverse states in the United States, Louisiana welcomes travelers from around the world to come and partake of its treasures. When you are looking to see America's finest attractions and some of its finest people, you can't go wrong with a vacation to Louisiana.






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Other Useful Sites about Louisiana state
These Louisiana State sites have been curated by our editorial team


Government

State of Louisiana - Official website of the State Government
Government Telephone Directory - an online guide to listings of state agencies
Department of Labor - The Louisiana Workforce Commission has the third strongest unemployment trust fund in the country and one of the lowest unemployment insurance tax rates in the country.
Louisiana State Police - an organization with an incredibly rich history. A statutorily mandated, statewide law enforcement agency. They will ensure the safety and security of the people in the state through enforcement, education, and providing of other essential public safety services.
Louisiana Department of Revenue - Official Website

Business & Development

Official website of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center - helps small business owners and entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses at no cost.
Bayoubuzz - offers the latest law, politics, technology, and business while providing polls, articles, and calendar of events for the entire state
Louisiana Economic and Development - responsible for strengthening the state's business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy.
Central Louisiana Business Incubator - a not for profit corporation created as an economic tool designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services.
New Orleans City Business - The Business Newspaper of Metropolitan New Orleans
Business Guide Louisiana - The Official Guide to Doing Business in Louisiana Web site-a valuable resource, a networking tool and a roadmap of whom to contact and what to do when you start, expand or relocate a business in Louisiana.
Louisiana Business Journal - Official Homepage

Education & Training

Louisiana Master Gardener - A service as well as educational activity that helps find and train volunteers to help home gardeners
Official website for the Louisiana Technical College
Louisiana State Library - provides Louisianans access to more than eleven million items through its own excellent collection and electronic resources combined with a statewide online lending network of public libraries, and remains committed to creating ever-increasing opportunities for citizens to experience the value of libraries and reading.
Southeastern Louisiana University - to lead the educational, economic and cultural development of southeast Louisiana.
Louisiana School for the Deaf - To enhance the academic, vocational, physical, emotional, social and cultural development of each student. To provide a visually accessible, positive and nurturing environment that emphasizes literacy and effective communication skills. To be a caring community where students can achieve personal excellence and become independent lifelong learners.
Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired - To provide quality educational programs in a nurturing environment for children of this state who are blind or visually impaired.
Louisiana State University - is one of only 30 universities nationwide holding land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status.

Organizations & Associations

Official website for the Louisiana State Bar Association - to assist and serve its members in the practice of law, assure access to and aid in the administration of justice, assist the Supreme Court in the regulation of the practice of law, uphold the honor of the courts and the profession, promote the professional competence of attorneys, increase public understanding of and respect for the law, and encourage collegiality among its members.
Official website for the Louisiana Amateur Softball Association - committed to organizing and providing a first class program to meet the needs of all participants.
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry - the largest and most effective business lobbying group in Louisiana; Unified the state's business community into a strong, well-financed, properly staffed organization; Speaks for business and industry, not only during legislative sessions, but year-round; and A proven force in Louisiana government
Louisiana Association of Non-profit Organizations - a statewide member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community and strengthens the effectiveness of those committed to improving Louisiana.
Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling - a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for and/or providing cost effective quality assistance for all individuals in the State of Louisiana who may be affected by gambling problems. The organization further promotes the development of more education programs and professional resources for Problem Gambling assistance.
Louisiana Hospital Association - a not-for-profit association representing all types of hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the state. The LHA carries out its mission by providing services and resources to members through advocacy, education, research, representation and communication.

Health & Families

Rodney Pendleton DDS - provides cosmetic, family, and implant dentistry services
The Compassionate Friends - a non-profit support organization for individuals that are dealing with the death of a child
Louisiana Healthcare Connections - exists to improve the health of its beneficiaries through focused, compassionate and coordinated care. Because of its unique, provider-based ownership, Louisiana Healthcare Connections understands and respects the diverse qualities inherent in the culture of Louisiana and its residents.
Families Helping Families of Southeast Louisiana - A Resource center for individuals with disabilities and their families
Louisiana Covering Kids & Families - partner to ensure that Louisiana's kids and their families have a healthy future.

Arts & Culture

Louisiana Division of the Arts - offers information on the various artists programs throughout the state along with guidelines and applications
Museum Stuff - an online directory of the museums, art associations, zoos, historical organizations, and other cultural attractions in the state
Louisiana Art and Artists Guild - Official Page
Arts Council of Central Louisiana - Official Site
Louisiana Art and Science Musuem - an art and science museum, and planetarium located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Centre for the Arts Inc. - exists to create a safe environment for children and adults to discover, nurture, and expand their artistic abilities. We do this through offering a variety of classes at an affordable rate. The end result is a place where everyone is accepted, but the artist is elevated.

Recreation & Sports

Official website of the Louisiana Superdome
An online directory of the casinos in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana Lottery Corporation - Official Homepage
Blue Bayou Water Park, Dixie Landin' - An Amusement Park designed for the entire family!
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame - Official Page

Real Estate

Louisiana Real Estate Commission - is a state government regulatory agency. It is our job to regulate the mode and manner by which the affairs and business of real estate are conducted throughout the state.
Real Estate Louisiana - provides rela estate information , property listing and A Realtor in Louisina State areas
Louisiana Real Estate Market - features a blend of cultures with a wide variety of neighborhoods to select from - From basic starter homes to historic mansions and plantations, Louisiana has everything you're looking for.
The Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board - the state government agency that administers and regulates the real estate appraiser licensing and certification program.

Shopping & Entertainment

Louisiana Entertainment - (Louisiana Economic Development Office of Entertainment Industry Development). This office works to grow and develop the film, music, interactive media, and live performance entertainment industries in the state of Louisiana.
Mall of Louisiana - a two-level enclosed super regional mall and includes an outdoor lifestyle center, a power center and a Rave movie theater
Louisiana Tax Free Shoping - Information
Louisiana Entertainment Reporter - Your source for Louisina Entertainment Industry News
New Orleans Website Directory - provides information of music shows, entertainment events and activity and afestival guide
Houma Today - South Louisiana Entertainment and Event Guide
Film Miniatures - The art of building Props, minitures, and special effects for Film, TV and Diorama

Tourism & Travel

Louisiana Tourism - The Official site of the Louisiana Department of Travel
GORP Louisiana Parks Guide - an online directory of maps, activities, and outdoor attractions in the state
Official website for Louisiana WorldWeb Travel - offering information on weather, attractions, accommodations, tours, shopping, events, and restaurants
Official Tourism Site of the City of New Orleans
Boat Charters - Find boat and yacht charters here.
Fun Fix - Louisiana - Fun things to do in Louisiana

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