Lake Ponchatrain is the second-largest inland saltwater body of water in the United States, after the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and the largest lake in Louisiana. As an estuary, Pontchartrain is not a true lake. (Pictured: the Ponchatrain Causeway)
The Atchafalaya Basin, or Atchafalaya Swamp, is the largest swamp in the United States. Located in south central Louisiana, it is a combination of wetlands and river delta area where the Atchafalaya River and the Gulf of Mexico converge. The Atchafalaya is unique among Louisiana basins because it has a growing delta system with nearly stable wetlands.
Way down yonder in New Orleans, you'll find the roots of jazz and a blossoming culture that is unlike anything else on Earth. Here, the laid-back atmosphere of the riverfront South has mixed with French sophistication and African-American energy to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Though hit hard by Katrina, "Nawlins" remains the largest city in Louisiana and one of the top tourist destinations in the United States.
The 1,300-acre park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, encompassing, among other things, the New Orleans Botanical Garden, the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden, a golf course, and a century-old wooden carousel in the 16-ride Carousel Amusement Park. But the prize of City Park is the largest and oldest grove of mature live oaks in the world, some of which are thought to be almost 800 years old. neworleanscitypark.com
The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest wetland and swamp in the United States. Located in south central Louisiana, it is a combination of wetlands and river delta area where the Atchafalaya River and the Gulf of Mexico converge. The river stretches from near Simmesport in the north through parts of eight parishes to the Morgan City area in the south.
Also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair took place from 04/30 to 12/1, 1904, in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO & commemorated the 1803 land purchase that more than Planned for 1903, it was delayed to permit the completion of construction. By far the largest of the several Victorian-era world's fairs, it occupied over 1,200 acres at the western edge of St. Louis, then the third-largest city in the U. S. Over 12 million visitors paid 50 cents admission.