When to visit:
The Gulf Coast section of Louisiana sees most of its tourism in the summer season from April to September, but remains warm and inviting year-round, with the possible exception of falls hurricane season. Fishing in particular is possible in the off-season when rates go down.
Winter is also a popular time to visit Louisiana’s warm southern regions. Christmas, New Years and Mardi Gras follow hard on each others heals. Though there remains a great deal of reconstruction to be done in the great city of New Orleans, people remain hopeful that the great celebrations the city is famous for will return to their former glory.
State Abbreviation: LA
State Capital: Baton Rouge
Largest City: New Orleans
Area: 51,843 square miles (the 31st biggest state in the USA)
Louisiana Population: 4,515,770 (as of 2004)
Major Industries: agriculture, salt production, oil and natural gas, fishing
Louisiana Rivers: Mississippi River, Red River, Ouachita River, Atchafalaya River, Sabine River
Louisiana Lakes: Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Grand Lake, White Lake, Calcasieu Lake, Catahoula Lake
Highest Point: Driskill Mountain - 535 feet above sea level
Origin of the Name Louisiana: named to honor King Louis XIV of France
State Nickname: Sportsman's Paradise, Pelican State
State Motto: "Union, Justice, and Confidence "
State Song: "Give Me Louisiana" and "You Are My Sunshine"