Natchitoches, LA
Travel Guide

Be captivated by the European-influenced culture in this historic community, which was Louisiana’s first French colony, on the scenic banks of the Cane River.

Spend a few days exploring the historic streets of beautiful Natchitoches to discover the rich melding of European, Southern and indigenous cultures that gives this place so much personality. Browse stores located in pretty French-style buildings, visit an array of fascinating historic sites and take plenty of photos of the scenic surroundings, both manmade and natural.

The name Natchitoches comes from the indigenous people who first settled this land. The French established a colony here in 1714, with French traders recorded in the area as far back as 1699. This makes Natchitoches the oldest such colony in the state. Wander the streets of the National Historic Landmark District, filled with interesting stores, and admire the gorgeous French façades that will make you feel like you are in Europe. Take a free guided walking tour of the area to learn about the way the indigenous and French influences have shaped this historic area.

Spend some peaceful hours walking along the beautiful Cane River, which runs through Natchitoches. See the Cane River Lake at its best from the lovely Beau Jardin Water Feature & Garden, which offers stunning views of this body of water. The banks of the river itself are scattered with former Creole plantations, some of which are now open to the public. Wander the lush grounds of the Oakland Plantation or the Magnolia Plantation Complex. Gain a somber insight into the past at the American Cemetery, one of the oldest graveyards in the whole of the South.

Natchitoches also has another prominent historic site: the Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile, which is the state’s oldest general store. Stroll down aisles jumbled with all kinds of odds and ends and imagine what this place would have been like back in 1863, when its doors first opened.

Drive to Natchitoches via Interstate 49, the major road that connects the town to a wide range of large cities. Come in the pleasantly cool fall and spring months to see the city at its very best.

Where to stay in Natchitoches

Chateau Saint Denis
Chateau Saint Denis
2.5 out of 5
751 Second St, Natchitoches, LA
The price is $86 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Located in Downtown Historic, this hotel is steps from Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store. Cane River National Heritage ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (917 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly and helped me with everything I needed. I was happy to be able to check-in early. Also, I had forgotten some items in my room and they saved them for me so I could return and get them! Clean and helpful. Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Chateau Saint Denis
Fairfield Inn & Suites Natchitoches
Fairfield Inn & Suites Natchitoches
2.5 out of 5
150 Hayes Ave, Natchitoches, LA
The price is $94 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Fort St. Jean Baptiste, Prudhomme-Rouquier House, and Cane River National Heritage Area. Louisiana ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (294 reviews)

"Very clean staff was very friendly and helpful. Rooms very comfortable. Building is well maintained"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites Natchitoches
Hampton Inn Natchitoches
Hampton Inn Natchitoches
2.5 out of 5
5300 University Pkwy, Natchitoches, LA
The price is $93 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14

Situated in Natchitoches, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Fort St. Jean Baptiste, Prudhomme-Rouquier House, and Cane River National Heritage Area. Louisiana ...

4.3/5Excellent! (442 reviews)

"Staff need to be reminded masks should cover the nose and one cleaning person had no mask."…"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2021

Hampton Inn Natchitoches
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.
'cabin In The City'. Walking Distance to Cane River & Front Street! Close to NSU
'cabin In The City'. Walking Distance to Cane River & Front Street! Close to NSU
Natchitoches, LA

Located in the heart of Natchitoches, this historic cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Prudhomme-Rouquier House and Cane River National Heritage Area. Fort ...

3.8/5Good! (8 reviews)
Nice getaway

"This cabin is a no-nonsense and no thrills type of property. For my husband and I, that worked out just fine. As other reviewers might have mentioned the pictures paint a better picture oh, I agree with that however there's absolutely nothing wrong with the cabin. It's close to everything that you ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

'cabin In The City'. Walking Distance to Cane River & Front Street! Close to NSU
Luxury Condo on Beautiful Front Street in Downtown Historic District
Luxury Condo on Beautiful Front Street in Downtown Historic District
Natchitoches, LA

Located in Downtown Historic, this historic condo building is steps from Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store. Cane River ...

5/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Amazing stay

"The condo is beautiful and was very clean. Beds and furniture are all very comfortable. Had everything we needed and more and the location in town can't be beat! The owners are extremely responsive and and made the check in process so easy with all of the information they provided. They also provided ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Luxury Condo on Beautiful Front Street in Downtown Historic District
Peaceful. Relaxing. Fun. Bring Boat. Fish, Shop, Explore!
Peaceful. Relaxing. Fun. Bring Boat. Fish, Shop, Explore!
Natchitoches, LA

Situated on the waterfront, this historic vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Louisiana Extended ...

5/5Exceptional! (69 reviews)
Can’t beat the views!

"We are just getting back from a two night stay in this beautiful property right over the water. We were in Natchitoches for our daughters soccer game at NSU and brought our friends with us. We were thrilled with this property. It is right in the Cane river. The place was immaculate! Plenty of space ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Peaceful. Relaxing. Fun. Bring Boat. Fish, Shop, Explore!
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.

Popular places to visit in Natchitoches

Top things to do in Natchitoches

Reviews of Natchitoches

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
135
5 - Excellent 55.32786885245902%
4 - Good
98
4 - Good 40.16393442622951%
3 - Okay
10
3 - Okay 4.098360655737705%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.4098360655737705%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

CJ

Mar 1, 2020

The foods were delicious! Love Southern Classic Chicken, always a winner with us!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

Beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Super quaint small town feel. I fell in love with the town!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Very nice town to visit we will be back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 25, 2019

Will be going back again

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

The Cane River area is beautiful

Cities near Natchitoches