2Sportsman ‘s Paradise Upper-land South Region If you're looking for excitement, you will find both indoors and out in Sportsman's Paradise. You can hit the jackpot in one of our big-city casinos or land a trophy-size bass on one of our many fishing holes. Either way, the odds for having a great time are in your favor.
4Physical Features Rolling Hills Clear Lakes Dense Forests Rushing Rivers
5Attractions: Outdoor Adventures Bird watching Deer Quail hunting Trout FishingShoppingBountiful WildlifeRiverboat CasinosGardens of the American Rose Center and the Barnwell Garden and Art Center.State Parks:Jimmie Davis State Park, Lake D’Arbonne State Park Lake Bistineau State Park .
6Sportsman’s Paradise Festivals – this is just a few Louisiana Watermelon Festival – Union ParishD'Arbonne BBQ Fest & Louisiana. State BBQ Championship – Union ParishRed River Western Festival – Bossier ParishLA Blueberry Festival –Desoto ParishChristmas Festival – Claiborne ParishMudbug Madness-Shreveport
7Landmarks Poverty Point- Delhi, West Carroll Shreveport-municipal-auditoriumPoverty Point-Delhi, West CarrollWaterworks pumping stationShreveport
8Religion/Food Food Religion is Primarily Protestant The Upland South region was primarily populated by Scotch-Irish who migrated from Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Tennessee (Roach-Lankford 1985). The majority of these immigrants were Baptist or Methodist small farmers with a strong Protestant work ethic.Brief History:Food traditions include:relishes and chow chow jellies, jams, and preservesvegetable cropsHogs and cattle.venison, squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, and quailfish (both farm-raised catfish and gamefish such as crappie and bream).All of these may be fried. Sunday dinners at noon, fish fries, and barbecues are common occasions.
9Music Gospel Blue grass Old Time Country Weekly country music shows such as the Dixie Jamboree in Ruston and the former Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport reflect this heritage.
10Cross RoadsLocated in the center of Louisiana, the Crossroads region was once known as "No Man's Land," and wasn't included in the original purchase in But times have changed and this area is now notorious for its rich culture and beautiful and diverse natural habitat.
12Physical Features piney hill country minor swamplandsExtensive prairiesdeciduous forestslarge rivers that carry waterborne freightclear streams with sandy bottoms
13Wilderness in the Heart of Louisiana next1 of 7Wilderness in the Heart of LouisianaAttractionsHistorical attractions in the larger cities of Alexandria and Natchitoches (the oldest city in Louisiana).Kate Chopin House in Cloutierville, LA; Kisatchie National Forest, with over 800,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness; and Melrose and Frogmore Plantationsrecreational activities such as water sports, fishing, hunting, and camping as well as the dining
14Festivals in Central Louisiana Fall Festival – La Salle ParishArt Along the BricksNatchitoches Jazz R&B FestivalLouisiana Piano Series InternationalBloomin' on the BricksFall Pilgrimage Tour of Homes
15LandmarksLos Adaes was the capitol of Tejas on the northeastern frontier of New Spain from 1729 to It included a mission, San Miguel de los Adaes and a presidio, Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Los Adaes (Our Lady of Pilar of the Adaes).Yucca PlantationNatchitoches Historic DistrictHome of Kate Chopin, author of The Awakening, source for her writings on bayouMagnolia PlantationOakland Plantation
16FoodTamaleBaked-ham sandwichesThe area’s culinary heritage consists of rib-stickin’ home cookin’, whether that’s fluffy, buttery biscuits or an alligator jambalaya. The food the area is most famous for, however, is pie – meat pie, that is. These pies consist of a pastry crust, folded in half, stuffed with spicy meat and pine nuts, baked until flaky and brown. Indulge in one (or two!) at Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant in Natchitoches.
17MusicZydeco, Folk and Country Features accordions and washboards known as rub-boards or frottoirs. Throughout the year, live entertainment is found on the riverbank in downtown Natchitoches.
18ReligionCurrent religious affiliations of the people of Louisiana:Christian: 90%Protestant: 60%Evangelical Protestant 31%Historically black Protestant: 20%Mainline Protestant 9%Roman Catholic: 28%Other Christian: 2%Jehovah's Witnesses: 1% Other Religions: 2%Islam: 1%Buddhism: 1% Judaism: less than 0.5%Non-religious (unaffiliated): 8%Protestants are concentrated in the northern and central parts of the state.
19Acadiana – Cajun Country Cajun County is a perfect place to attend a lively crawfish boil, explore a historic antebellum home, tour the TABASCO® hot sauce factory, embark on an exciting Cajun swamp tour or stop by one of the region's many festivals and celebrations. One visit to Cajun Country and it's easy to see why the region's residents believe in joie de vivre — "The Joy of Life!"
20Cajun Country Parishes Cajun Country spans across the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, with the heart of the region in Lafayette. The first French Canadians settled in Cajun Country and developed a unique culture known for their dialect (Patois), spicy food, and Zydeco music.1. Calcasieu 2. Cameron 3. Jefferson Davis 4. Evangeline 5. Acadia 6. Vermilion 7. Avoyelles 8. St. Landry 9. Lafayette 10. Pointe Coupée 11. St. Martin 12. Iberia 13. St. Mary 14. W. Baton Rouge 15. Iberville 16. Assumption 17. Ascension 18. St. James 19. Lafourche 20. Terrebonne 21. St. John the Baptist 22. St. Charles
21Physical FeaturesCajun Country folks actually have thrived along these swamps, marshes, prairies and the Gulf Coast for two-and-a-half centuries.
22FoodOne of the best discussions to have is the difference between Cajun food and Creole food, and you can sample the difference in the many classic places around Acadiana. These spots offer the ultimate examples of gumbo, étouffée and po-boys (and don’t forget to save room for bread pudding). Try big, boisterous Prejean’s Restaurant in Lafayette; Café des Amis or the legendary Mulate'sÂ®, The Original Cajun Restaurant in Breaux Bridge. Along the road in Lafourche Parish, look for stands selling fresh Creole tomatoes, boudin and andouille (two types of sausage); or gratons (cracklins).
23Festivals Cinema on the Bayou International Film Festival Festival International de LouisianeLouisiana Shrimp & Petroleum FestivalZydeco FestivalFrog FestivalRice Festival
24MusicCreole music (i.e. zydeco), swamp blues, swamp pop and Cajun music.
25Attractions Casinos -Delta Downs Racetrack Swamp tours, Zydeco Hall of FameMuseums, Restaurants, Cajun Hall of Fame and MuseumFishing, hunting, canoeingAnd despite all the eating, dancing, fishing, hunting, biking, antiquing, casino gambling and “festival-ing” to be done, the most common recommendation from those who know is to meet people.
26Landmarks Acadian House San Francisco Plantation House Marksville Prehistoric Indian Site
27ReligionBecause of French and Spanish heritage, whose descendants are Cajun and French Creole, and later Irish, Italian, and German immigrants, there is also a large Roman Catholic population, particularly in the southern part of the state.
28Greater New Orleans: From the world-renowned festivals of New Orleans, to the end of the Great River Road in Plaquemines Parish, this area offers a variety of experiences for visitors. The city of New Orleans has long been a refuge for the creative powers of artists, writers and musicians, and their influences can be seen around the city. New Orleans offers visitors beautiful architecture, a distinguished zoo and aquarium, night clubs, art museums and galleries, shopping, first-class cuisine, authentic music and streetcar and riverboat rides. Outside of this iconic city travelers can find a myriad of Louisiana adventures such as 900-acre exotic animal safari in Tangipahoa Parish, free ferry ride to visit the National Historic Districts of Algiers Point or a fishing boat charter from Venice or Empire in Plaquemines Parish. Throughout all of these regions visitors will find the kindness of the locals infectious and the unique culture of the areas fascinating.
29Plantation Country: Home to Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital, this aptly-named region counts the majority of Louisiana's historical plantations, each one with its own unique history. Visitors to this region can experience these old antebellum estates by driving River Road or taking a walking tour in any one of Plantation Country's Parishes. From , Donaldsonville served as the state capital and it still contains pre-Civil War architectural structures including Ascension Catholic Church and St. Emma Plantation. For those visitors who enjoy outdoor sports, St. Charles Parish boasts swamps, bayous, lakes and the Mississippi River, making it the prefect place for any type of water sport or recreation. This region is also famous for antique shops, rustic churches, art galleries, and heritage museums, so take some time and explore all that this historical region has to offer.