People that aren't from here often think of New Orleans first when it comes to visiting Louisiana. It is a huge tourist destination, and therefore a big money maker for the state,  but it's not the only place that has it's charms. We love all the small towns and communities around Louisiana, and apparently the folks at The Culture Trip agree, because they are sharing some of our favorites! We love that so many are in and around Acadiana, so pass the word if you have out of town guests who want to see the beasuty of small town life in Louisiana.

 

  • Breaux Bridge - 'Crawfish Capital of the World' and a place where everybody either speaks cajun french, or knows someone who does. Great restaurants, friendly people, and beautiful areas along Bayou Teche
  • Covington - a beautiful downtown area filled with art galleries, local boutiques, and quaint eateries. I love the annual Three Rivers Arts and Crafts Show in Covington, that is held every November
  • Natchitoches - located on the Cane River, this historic community has been the setting for movies and TV shows, including 'Steel Magnolias'. Plantations surround the area, and the downtown district is like stepping back in time. Famous for their annual Christmas festival on the river, Natchitoches is the oldest city in Louisiana
  • Grand Isle - located right on the Gulf of Mexico, this tiny fishing village is Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island. Known for the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, this should be your Sportsman's Paradise destination
  • St Francisville - in between Baton Rouge and Natchez, Mississippi, this small town is home to seven plantations, a thriving art community, and historic buildings throughout the downtown area. The Myrtles Plantation in St Francisville is said to be the most haunted house in America
  • St Martinville - the epicenter of Cajun culture, and one of the oldest towns in the state. Also, supposedly the inspiration for Longfellow's 'Evangeline', and is therefore a huge tourist destination for literary fans who want to visit the Evangeline Monument and Oak
  • Thibodaux - located along beautiful Bayou Lafourche, and not far from New Orleans, this quaint little town has plenty for history lovers to explore, and a thriving restaurant scene for cajun cuisine fans
  • Labadieville - Also located on Bayou Lafourche near Pierre Part, this sweet small community is home to the beautiful St Philomena Catholic Church
  • Henderson - right on the Atchafalaya Basin, this is a haven for sportsmen who want a taste of cajun culture, food, and outdoor adventure. We love to participate in the Henderson Mardi Gras parade every year!
  • Opelousas - Louisiana's third oldest city, and the place where you want to go for Creole culture, food, art, and history. Home to the annual Yam Festival, which famously hosted President John F. Kennedy in 1956