I'm in Huntsville, Texas (and no, NOT serving time in the prison), but my family is originally from Mississippi, and I still travel there from time to time.
And I feel sorry for whoever thinks Louisiana is better than Alabama. The only good things to come out of Louisiana is some spicy food, the Blues, and... uhhh... well, not enough to outweigh the negatives. Like the rampant corruption in both politics and the police force, not to mention that silly Napoleanic Law.
If I was going to lead an invasion of the United States from Europe or Africa, I would land near Savannah. Beautiful beaches, sunny, decently sized city and harbor. Beautiful city without being too urbanized, kinda like my home city of Evansville, Indiana.
Reminds me of something that happened to me in Germany a few years ago. My Army boss and I walked into a restaurant close to our post. The only two other people in the restaurant were two German army officers and they were pouring over an unfolded map. I looked at my boss and said "If its a map of the states, you keep them busy. I'll go get help."