Named for a local Native American tribe, Natchitoches, LA is famous for its Creole culture. Located on the beautiful Cane River, local attractions allow you to explore the area's intriguing Creole influences, as well as the history of the Native Americans who occupied the area before the Louisiana Purchase.
While staying at one of the area Natchitoches hotels, check out these popular attractions:
The Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, established in 1863, is Louisiana's oldest general store. The store is on the National Register of Historic Places and sells a wide variety of products, including housewares, toys and gifts. Be sure to take note of the 147-year-old cash register on the counter.
Natchitoches lies within the Cane River Creole National Heritage Area, which stretches for 35 miles along the river and includes more than 30 historical sites. Along with fascinating sites such as churches, colonial forts and cemeteries, the park features Louisiana's famous bayous, swamps and forests that offer opportunities for fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing.
The Cane River National Historic Park is home to the Oakland and Magnolia Plantations, where 67 original structures still stand. Take a tour for a look at the French and Creole architecture that showcases the community's multicultural legacy.
Stroll through the Historic District Shopping area, located along the river downtown. The district features more than 20 boutiques, novelty shops and gift stores with a classic Louisiana feel. Take home one of the many items that feature the area's signature fleur-de-lis symbol.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste is a replica of an original French fort commanded by Louis Antoine Juchereau de St. Denis. St. Denis founded Natchitoches in 1714 as the first permanent settlement in what later became known as the Louisiana Purchase. Tour the fort for an interactive look at colonial history.
Get a bird's eye view of Natchitoches with a tour with Magnolia Aviation. Soar through the air in a vintage open cockpit biplane as the pilot describes the sights below. They may even pick you up from your hotel in a 1929 Ford Model A.
Enjoy the Creole and French influences on the area while you stay in one of these Natchitoches, LA hotels. Reserve a room with Choice Hotels today.
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