Fly Drives in Louisiana
Dashed in between the sultry cosmopolitan landscape of New Orleans; the stately, art deco motifs of Baton Rouge and the quaint charm of Natchitoches are stretches of cypress forests and rice plains that taunt the imagination. Taking advantage of our easily navigated scenic drives is a perfect way to ensure visitors take in all that Louisiana has to offer. Not to mention each major city; Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria and Shreveport have regional airports as convenient starting or stopping points.
Trails in Louisiana
In Louisiana, you can find little-known history, unique dining experiences and outdoor adventure around any bend in the road. Five designated trail systems devoted to a specific topic have been designed to help you discover hidden gems and revisit old favourites. Follow the African American Heritage Trail, the new Civil War Trail, the Louisiana Culinary Trails, American's Wetland Birding Trail and the Audubon Golf Trail to learn, recreate and get to know Louisiana past and present.
Three Road Trips in Louisiana to Remember
Pack some snacks, fill up the car and take a drive that can only be described as pure Louisiana:
Town of Jean Lafitte
The Route: New Orleans to Jean Lafitte via US Highway 90, Barataria Boulevard, Leo Kerner Parkway and Jean Lafitte Boulevard.
The Sights: Journey into the swamps once frequented by pirate Jan Lafitte. Discover nature at its wildest, where alligators glide along watery trails that double as fishing routes for locals.
The Pitstops: Explore Jean Lafitte National Park's Barataria Preserve. Tour the Jean Lafitte Marine Fisheries Museum in Lafitte. Then hire one of the many local fishing charters and reel in a trophy fish.
Creole Nature Trail
The Route: Lake Charles to the Gulf of Mexico to Sulphur via La. Highway 27.
The Sights: Drive this All-American Road through Louisiana's Outback, where a delicate ecosystem thrives under the protection of three national wildlife refuges and one state refuge. Pick up a GPS Ranger at the Lake Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau, or download the tour app to your iPhone or Android device.
The Pitstops: Learn about the area at the Cameron Prairie NWR Welcome Centre. Play in 26 miles of sandy beaches.
More information on the Creole Nature Trail...
Longleaf Trail Byway
The Route: From I-49, take exit 119 (Derry). The trail is located 5.5 miles south of the Derry exit.
The Sights: This 17-mile route is considered one of the most scenic drives in Louisiana and follows a high ridge through the Kisatchie Hills area. Elevations range from 120 feet to 400 feet. Look for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, which calls the Kitsatchie National Forest home.
The Pitstops: See mesas, buttes and sandstone outcrops from the Longleaf Vista, which also has a hiking trail. Enjoy a picnic at Kisatchie Bayou.