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Oak Grove Plantation, Vacherie
Oak Grove Plantation, Vacherie

Louisiana isn't known just for New Orleans. It's known for all things crawfish, Creole and Cajun and for beautiful, sprawling plantations and good 'ole Southern hospitality.

Its prime location in the south-central part of the country has made it a perfect place for business as well, with New Orleans acting as the hub. "The Big Easy," "Crescent City," "City of Saints and Sinners" -- New Orleans has been called many things, but dull definitely isn't one of them. From eating a delectable po' boy sandwich at an outdoor café to watching street musicians perform in Jackson Square, New Orleans has it all. Accommodations are as diverse as the city's culture. Travelers can either stay at a luxurious chain hotel or at a quaint B&B with wrought iron balconies in the heart of the city. 

Don't forget about the famous antiques area of the French Quarter, where tourists flock to search for that perfect addition to their home collection. Whether you have a few days or a few hours, take time to explore the Vieux Carré (French Quarter). Its history and beauty is astounding and you never know what you'll find (especially at night on Bourbon Street)! Just remember to guard your belongings while sightseeing -- the crowds can get thick and pickpockets have been known to prowl the French Quarter (and the famous New Orleans cemeteries) for unsuspecting tourists. 

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

C O N V E N T I O N   &   V I S I T O R S   B U R E A U
Let the folks at the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau give you advice on what to see and do in the Big Easy. They've even compiled a glossary on often-used terms in New Orleans that many tourists don't know (or just don't pronounce right):
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Historical Facts: The state has been governed under 10 different flags beginning in 1541 with Hernando de Soto's claim of the region for Spain. La Salle later claimed it for Bourbon France and over the years Louisiana was at one time or another subject to the Union Jack of Great Britain, the Tricolor of Napoleon, the Lone Star flag of the Republic of West Florida and the fifteen stars and stripes of the United States. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Louisiana became an independent republic for six weeks before joining the Confederacy.