Explore the Beauty of Natchitoches, Louisiana

As the weather continues to warm up, Natchitoches embraces the colors of spring. Come celebrate Natchitoches by attending upcoming festivals such as Melrose Arts & Crafts. Discover the Cane River National Heritage Area. Visit the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum — the internationally recognized and awardwinning building evokes the region’s rivers and plowed fields. Explore Fort St. Jean Baptiste and travel back to the 1700s to experience rich history of French Colonial life. The Downtown Historic Landmark District is perfect for strolling, shopping and dining. Many local restaurants specialize in Cajun, Creole, Italian and Southern cuisine. Of course you’ll want to grab a famous Natchitoches meat pie — an official Louisiana state food! Here is a suggested itinerary to ensure nothing is missed during your stay:

Fort St. Jean Baptiste — a full scale replica of the French Colonial Fort located in the banks of Cane River Lake. National Historic Landmark District — featuring French-Creole architecture, shopping, dining, walking and boat tours. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum — an architectural award-winning museum featuring interactive exhibits. Oakland Plantation — built c. 1820, and part of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Melrose Plantation — a National Historic Landmark built c. 1796. St. Augustine Catholic Church & Cemetery — a film site from the movie “Steel Magnolias.” Magnolia Plantation — a National Historic Landmark & Bicentennial Farm and part of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park.

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