Like many other places in the U.S., Louisiana in recent years has become
a land of casinos -- lots of casinos. But unlike some areas, Louisiana has plenty of other attractions to complement gambling. In fact, we find it hard to stand in front
of a slot machine when there
are so many other things to experience.
's New Orleans, of course, one of the country's most distinctive cities and the home of extravagant carnival traditions, transcendent restaurants and exceptional music. And there
's Cajun Country, another place unto
itself and another place
where food and dancing are a way of life as much as they
and entertainment. Practically anywhere you go in the state, Louisiana's heritage figures prominently, visible in restored
antebellum homes and in the small towns that line
Louisiana is the best place in the world.