Lafayette, LA

Travel Guide
Lafayette showing a bar and night scenes as well as a small group of people
In the heart of Louisiana, visit this scenic French-American city full of historical monuments, churches and cultural activities.

The city of Lafayette lies on the Vermilion River in southern Louisiana. The center of the Acadian region, it has a strong French influence due to the arrival of French colonists several centuries ago. A Frenchman called Jean Mouton established the municipality in 1821. It is named after General Lafayette, who fought in the American Revolutionary War. Many residents speak French as their first language. The area’s intriguing history centers on a former orphan trail. You’ll also find historic monuments and churches scattered around the city.

Stroll through the town center and sample Acadian food specialties, such as crawfish and smothered rabbit. In the Acadian Culture Center, staff dressed in period costume will help you learn about Louisiana’s Francophone culture and history. Watch several short movies for more information.

Visit charming St. Martin de Tours Church near the city center. One of the oldest in Louisiana, the church dates back to 1836. The elegant statue of Evangeline, a tragic character from an Acadian poem, sits in front of the church. Note the majestic chandeliers and columns in the spacious interior.

Drive north of the city to the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum. Learn about the movement that took orphans from the streets of New York to homes in rural regions across the country to enrich their lives. This took place from the 1850s until the late 1920s. Artifacts have been donated by family members of orphans who rode the trains.

A little farther north is the lovely Chicot State Park. Get close to deer and birds. Hike around the picturesque grounds and pause for a picnic.

Explore Lake Martin, an area of swamplands with a great range of wildlife and flora. Look for alligators, snakes, turtles and exotic birds. Choose a scenic trail around the lake or a guided tour of the swamps.

Lafayette is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) west of New Orleans and offers a serene alternative to the busy Big Easy.

Where to stay in Lafayette

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lafayette Oil Center
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lafayette Oil Center
2.5 out of 5
1321 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA, 70503
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $81 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Lafayette. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (591 reviews)
Would stay there again.
"Everything was clean and the staff was helpful and polite. We had a comfortable stay with no complaints."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
4 out of 5
1521 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA, 70503
The price is $99 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lafayette. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"It was a good stay. Although the hotel needs a upgrade, the service was great!"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome
Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome
3 out of 5
2350 W Congress St, Lafayette, LA, 70506
The price is $101 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Lafayette. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
Sweaty night!!
"A/C at night was awful. One of the most uncomfortable nights spent in hotel. Everything else was a preferred experience"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
BEAUTIFUL 3 BR HOME IN HISTORIC SAINTS STREETS
BEAUTIFUL 3 BR HOME IN HISTORIC SAINTS STREETS
Lafayette, LA
Stay at this vacation home in Lafayette. Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and 2 bathrooms. Popular attractions Cajundome and Cathedral of St John are located nearby. Discover ...
Choo Choo Lofts, 3 br, 2 bath, Full Kitchen - Lafayette, LA
Choo Choo Lofts, 3 br, 2 bath, Full Kitchen - Lafayette, LA
3.5 out of 5
107 Lee Ave, Lafayette, LA, 70501
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Lafayette. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (65 reviews)
Meh
"There was mold in bathroom and on shower curtain...cleaning needs to be better...under couch and beds was filthy...old food, trash and empty beer bottle...a shame really since the unit is very cute. Despite the no pet clause our neighbor had a dog that crapped Right in front if our door"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

1Br/1Ba. Wine & Chocolate for more than one night stays. Free WiFi. Kitchenette.
1Br/1Ba. Wine & Chocolate for more than one night stays. Free WiFi. Kitchenette.
Lafayette, LA
Stay at this apartment in Lafayette. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Children's Museum of Acadiana and Alexandre Mouton House ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (25 reviews)
Fine
"Stay was fine"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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