Developing from an exotic wilderness to become a thriving blend of culture and architecture over the past 300 years, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Established in 1714 and known for its National Historic Landmark District, this original French settlement features Creole architecture, bed and breakfasts, a 35-mile long Cane River National Heritage Area, and historic homes such as the Oakland, Magnolia, and Melrose plantations. Natchitoches is recognized as one of the South?s most charming small towns and is a great destination for a romantic weekend or fun girls? getaway.
155 Jefferson St. | Natchitoches, LA 71457 | 318-357-3101
Costumed interpreters demonstrate French Colonial life and guide visitors through a full-sized replica of an early fort which had been devised in 1714 as a trading and military outpost to counter any Spanish incursions into French territory.
Although the kitchen is the only historic structure remaining of this garrison that brought law and order to neutral ground beginning in 1822, the reconstructed officer's quarters now houses visitor information and interpretive exhibits.
800 Front St. | Natchitoches, LA 71457 | 318-357-2492
Showcased exhibits and interactive media inside the architectural award-winning building celebrate more than 300 sports achievements and over 3,000 years of regional history from early Native-American civilizations to the present.
320 Rue Jefferson | Natchitoches, LA 71457 | 318-332-8780
Filming sites of the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias which was shot in Natchitoches are comprised of local churches, businesses, and private homes like the Steel Magnolia House which is currently a bed and breakfast.
127 Church St. | Natchitoches, LA 71457 | 318-352-6634
Known for its signature Cajun baked potato, famous bread pudding, and lemonade-flavored tea served in a charming atmosphere, this local hot spot for lunch promises an original classic Cajun and American menu.
A great place to relax at the end of the day, the restaurant features a classic bar area and tri-level outside dining while offering steaks, seafood, more than 50 wine selections, and live music on the weekends.
422 Second St. | Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457 | 800-441-8343
The beautiful Louisiana antebellum planters cottage built around 1855 features beautifully appointed one- and two-bedroom suites, private and spacious bathrooms with one- or two-person Jacuzzis, and a multi-course breakfast each and every morning.
309 Pine St. | Natchitoches, LA 71457 | 318-354-1080
The Greek Revival home is handsomely appointed with antique and reproduction period furniture as well as spacious baths with Jacuzzi tubs; and their southern-style breakfast may include praline French toast casserole, hot coffee, and more.
At one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country, Natchitoches' elegant past meets a vibrant present as over 300,000 Christmas lights and 100+ riverbank set pieces are lighted up every night.
Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission CommericalNatchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau - Come celebrate, discover, and explore.
Ladies' Tour of the Deep South featuring the Toyota Avalon Hybrid LimitedThe Deep South region of the United States beckons travelers with its rich history, opulent grandeur, down-home cooking, and warm hospitality.