Hit the Road and Travel the Famed River Road, New Orleans and Cajun Country
Louisiana's Cajun Country stretches throughout the southern region of the state. This region is filled with culture and history. In addition, the region has some very unique natural features. Visitors to this region will be astounded with the amazing number of destinations to visit, history to learn and culture to explore. America's Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi River, is a great road trip to explore Louisiana and Cajun Country. Here are a few excellent destinations throughout the region.
Old Ferry Landing, Port AllenLocated across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, Old Ferry Landing is an amazing spot to enjoy views of Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is a very flat city, and from across the Mississippi at Old Ferry Landing, visitors can enjoy unimpeded views of Baton Rouge. In addition, visitors can enjoy the beautiful walkway, at the same spot where the ferries carrying cars across the Mississippi from Baton Rouge landed for many years.
Baton RougeBaton Rouge, known as the Red Stick is Louisiana's capital city, and is rich with the unique culture of Louisiana. In this city visitors can steep themselves in the history of the south with a plantation tour. The Louisiana State Museum is one of Baton Rouge's best destinations for learning all about the history and culture of this amazing state. Louisiana's Old State Capitol is another fantastic Baton Rouge destination. It stands overlooking the Mississippi River and is now home to Old State Capital Museum of Political History. If you want to try something a little different for your southern escape you can visit the Alligator Bayou Swamp Tour, where you can see the wildlife of a real Louisiana Swamp.
Atchafalaya Basin and the Atchafalaya National Wildlife RefugeThe Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge protects some very important ecosystem within Louisiana. It protects a small part of the largest bottomland hardwood swamp in the United States. The Atchafalaya River is the largest river swamp in North America. Visitors to this region should be sure to take a swamp tour of the Atchafalaya Basin, and also explore the beautiful protected lands of the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge. There are many swamp tour companies that offer a great opportunity to explore this unique environment. During a tour visitors can learn about the cypress trees and many other types of indigenous plant life. Tours also offer a great way to learn about the native wildlife, including alligators. The Atchafalaya River is located in the heart of Cajun Country, so visitors on swamp tours will have to learn about the local culture.
Nottoway Plantation, White CastleOne of Louisiana's many historical treasures are the old plantation homes. The Nottoway Plantation is one amazing example and well worth a visit. This home was designed by Henry Howard for the John Hampton Randolph family. Visitors can take guided tours of the home, the grounds and the museum. The Nottoway Plantation, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was completed in 1859. Visitors can see the amazing number of rooms, staircases, windows and much more. One of the most notable features of the home is its semi-circular white ballroom.
Mississippi River TrailThe Mississippi River Trail parallels the Great River Road, and it is a great way to enjoy the Mississippi River. It is an enjoyable hike, which follows the river. Visitors can enjoy views of the river, and points of interpretation. As the trail follows the byway, and the Mississippi it gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy the history and nature of the river through recreation.
New OrleansThe Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans. One way to celebrate the end of the iconic trip along the Great River Road is to enjoy the history, excitement and beauty of the city of New Orleans. Visitors to New Orleans will find all sorts of attractions, dining and the unique culture of the city to celebrate the end the trip. For visitors wanting to combine culture and shopping, the French Market in New Orleans is a great destination. The market stretches for six blocks on the river side of the Lower French Quarter. It is home to over twenty retail shops, as well as performance venues, restaurants, a flea market and a farmers market. The French Market started as a Native American trading post, and is now the oldest public market in the United States, it has been in the same spot since 1791. As visitors explore the market they can enjoy a wide range of food at the Farmers Market, the public art, walkways and even historical monuments.
Another great New Orleans destination is the Historic Voodoo Museum. New Orleans is known for its unique culture. One place to learn about one aspect of the culture is the Historic Voodoo Museum. The Voodoo Museum celebrates and educates all of its visitors about voodoo and its history and culture.
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife RefugeThis National Wildlife refuge is located within the city of New Orleans. It protects fresh water ecosystems, brackish marshes and coastal hardwood forests and much more. Visitors to New Orleans can enjoy bird watching, hiking and wildlife watching throughout the area. In addition there is a boardwalk with interpretive information, which is a fantastic way to learn about the area.
The Great River Road presents an amazing road trip option to enjoy some of the unique attractions and destinations of Louisiana's Cajun Country. These are just a few of the many destinations along this route.