10 Most Beautiful Towns And Small Cities In Louisiana, USA

Photo of Ann Marshall-Thomas
9 February 2017

When visitors think of Louisiana, New Orleans often comes to mind first. However, Louisiana’s heart and soul lies in towns and small cities. Here are the state’s most beautiful places off the beaten trail.

Bayou Boudin and Cracklins in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana | © Tom Head/Flickr

Breaux Bridge

Breaux Bridge is a small city in the heart of Cajun Country near Lafayette, Louisiana. Known as the ‘Crawfish Capital of the World,’ the city hosts the annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Acadian settlers, descendants of French colonists who traveled from Canada and made a home in Louisiana, founded Breaux Bridge. Nearly 30 percent of the population speaks French, reflecting the area’s Acadian roots.

Breaux Bridge, LA, USA

Natchitoches

Natchitoches is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase area. The small city was established by French colonists in 1714 and named after the Natchitoches Native American tribe. Originally built along the Red River, Natchitoches suffered an economic downturn when the river changed its course. Today, the revitalized city is one of the most popular destinations in Louisiana. It is home to the Natchitoches meat pie and the oldest general store in Louisiana.

Natchitoches, LA, USA

Labadieville

Labadieville is a small town in southern Louisiana, named after a French pioneer. The town has a multicultural history, as French, Spanish, and some German explorers originally settled the area. Labadieville is the site of the historic St. Philomena Catholic Church.

Labadieville, LA, USA

Opelousas

Opelousas is Louisiana’s third oldest city and calls itself ‘the spice capital of the world’ since famous Creole and Cajun seasonings such as Tony’s Chacheres are produced here. The city is named after the Appalousa Native American tribe and is home to a strong Cajun tradition. Nearly 10 percent of the small city’s population speaks French.

Opelousas, LA, USA

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