Louisiana Destinations ... Travel Across the Bayou State

Louisiana Cities and Towns

An early French explorer, Robert de LaSalle, named Louisiana for Louis XIV, King of France.

Caesars Superdome and downtown skyline in New Orleans, Louisiana
Downtown New Orleans and the Superdome

Today, the State of Louisiana covers an area of 51,855 square miles. Louisiana is positioned in the Deep South, between Texas and Mississippi, and south of Arkansas. The Gulf of Mexico defines the southern border of the state.

Louisiana stretches 130 miles east-west, and 379 miles north-south. It occupies 51,843 square miles. The highest point is Driskill Mountain, in north Louisiana, at 535 feet above sea level. The population of the state in the 2020 Federal Census was 4,657,757 residents.

Louisiana Destinations is a virtual tour of the many interesting cities and towns and attractions that Louisiana has to offer, and learn more about this fascinating state ... from Alligators and Gumbo, to Swamps and Zydeco!

The Communities of Louisiana
Joseph Jefferson Mansion at Jefferson Island, Louisiana, part of the Rip Van WInkle Gardens
Joseph Jefferson Mansion at Jefferson Island, Louisiana

Louisiana has a diversity of cities, including larger ones such as New Orleans, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Monroe, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. And there are lots of smaller towns and villages, like Hilly, Dry Prong, Chauvin, Ville Platte, Dulac, Grosse Tete and dozens more!

Included on this website are over 60 travel destinations in Louisiana, plus a special section on the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

For starters, take a tour down historic Bayou Lafourche with stops along the way in Labadieville, Thibodaux, Houma and down to the Gulf of Mexico at Grand Isle.

While in South Louisiana, be sure to visit other popular area destinations this spring including Breaux Bridge and its Crawfish Festival, St. Martinville, Lafayette, Morgan City, New Iber along beautiful Bayou Teche, and Henderson.

And don't miss the North Louisiana hill country communities such as Ruston and historic Natchitoches.

Map of the major cities in Louisiana

This map shows the locations of the major cities in Louisiana. (Map courtesy of FreeWorldsMap.com)

Map of the State of Louisiana showing major cities and rivers
Cities and towns in Louisiana listed by geographical areas

Cities & Towns in Acadiana and Cajun Country

Lafayette and the cities and towns in Acadiana and Louisiana Cajun Country
Lafayette Louisiana
Breaux Bridge Louisiana
Henderson Louisiana
Pierre Part Louisiana
Labadieville Louisiana
Donaldsonville Louisiana
LeBeau Louisiana
New Iberia Louisiana
Opelousas Louisiana
Eunice Louisiana
Jennings Louisiana
Crowley Louisiana
St. Martinville Louisiana
Thibodaux Louisiana
Scott Duson Ville Platte
Maurice Rayne Welsh
Broussard Mamou Abbeville
Carencro Church Point Sunset
Butte La Rose Loreauville Kaplan
Gueydan Mermentau Cecelia
Arnaudville   Port Barre
Map showing the 22 parishes of Acadiana in South Louisiana



Louisiana Gulf Coast Cities & Towns

Lake Charles and other cities and towns along the Louisiana Gulf Coast

Lake Charles Louisiana
Houma Louisiana
Pecan Island Louisiana
Morgan City Louisiana
Patterson Louisiana
Grand Isle Louisiana

Buras Golden Meadow Empire
Larose Cut Off Dulac
Raceland Franklin Jeanerette
Cameron Creole Holly Beach
Grand Chenier Delcmbre Avery Island
Baldwin Charenton Amelia
Bourg Chauvin Galliano
Lockport Leeville Port Fourchon
Empire Boothville Venice
Map of Cities & Town along the Louisiana Gulf Coast


Communities Around New Orleans ... The Big Easy

New Orleans and surrounding cities and towns in Louisiana
New Orleans Louisiana
Hammond Louisiana
Ponchatoula Louisiana
LaPlace Louisiana
Louisiana Northshore - Slidell, Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville, Abita Springs, Lacombe and Pearl River
Kenner Metairie Chalmette
Gretna Harahan Belle Chase
St. Bernard Marrero Lafitte
Reserve Gramercy Boutee
Shell Beach Avondale Westwego
Harvey Luling Norco
Covington Pearl River Pointe a La Hache
Vacherie Algiers Meraux
Map of New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain, Slidell and the Mississippi Sound to Bay St. Louis


Cities & Towns Around Baton Rouge ... the Red Stick

Baton Rouge and surrounding cities and towns in Louisiana
Baton Rouge Louisiana
Louisiana State Capitol
New Roads Louisiana
St. Francisville Louisiana
Denham Springs Louisiana
Gonzales Louisiana
Baker Erwinville Krotz Springs
Central Watson Zachary
Slaughter Port Hudson Ventress
Walker Livingston Prairieville
St. Gabriel Plaquemine Addis
Brusly Morganza Livonia
Port Vincent French Settlement Carville
Geismer White Castle Grosse Tete

Communities in CenLA ... Central Louisiana

Alexandria and surrounding cities and towns in Central Louisiana
Alexandria Louisiana
Natchitoches Louisiana
Marksville Louisiana
Leesville Louisiana
Many Louisiana
Toledo Bend Reservoir
Pineville Cheneyville Tioga
Ball Ferriday Deridder
Jena Castor Plunge Boyce
Dry Prong Urania Bunkie
Boyce Deville Mansura
Woodworth Otis Hineston
Oakdale Glenmora Provencal
Anacoco Florien Grand Ecore
Libuse Echo Fifth Ward

North Louisiana Cities & Communities

Shreveport and surrounding cities and towns in North Louisiana
Shreveport Louisiana
Bossier City Louisiana
Ruston Louisiana
Monroe Louisiana
West Monroe Louisiana
Jonesboro Hodge Winnfield
Minden Grambling Coushatta
Vivian Springhill Winnsboro
Rayville Bastrop Mansfield
Plain Dealing Sarepta Farmerville
Arcadia Simsboro Hosston
Ringgold Sicily Island Olla
Spearsville Dubach Homer
Haynesville Benton Zwolle
Tallulah Lake Providence Hilly


Map and List of Parishes (Counties)

Click here for an alphabetical list of the 64 Louisiana Parish names

Seal of the State of Louisiana
Louisiana State Seal

Other Louisiana Areas, Facts and Information

Acadiana Region in French Louisiana

Louisiana State Capitol

Louisiana Maps

Louisiana State Seal and Other Facts

List and Louisiana Parishes (counties) with parish map

Louisiana Hotels and Vacation Rentals

Louisiana Museums

Louisiana Festivals and Major Annual Events

Major Louisiana Airports

Louisiana State Parks and Historic Sites


Louisiana crawfish, the commercial crawfishing industry, view crawfish photographs, get ready for crawfish season, and more!


Flag of the State of Louisiana
Louisiana State flag

Louisiana Alligators, alligator season, alligator hunting, Swamp People

Louisiana Cypress swamps, cypress trees, use of cypress, photographs

Louisiana historic homes

Louisiana weather conditions, weather radar, weather forecasts, climate, record temperatures, national maps