Natchitoches, LA

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Natchitoches featuring a city

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.

Chateau Saint Denis
Chateau Saint Denis
2.5 out of 5
751 Second St, Natchitoches, LA, 71457
The price is $98 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Chateau Saint Denis
Best Western Natchitoches Inn
Best Western Natchitoches Inn
2.5 out of 5
5131 University Pkwy, Natchitoches, LA, 71457
The price is $98 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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4/5 Very Good! (499 reviews)
"Good hotel, close to where we were going."

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Best Western Natchitoches Inn
Fairfield Inn & Suites Natchitoches
Fairfield Inn & Suites Natchitoches
2.5 out of 5
150 Hayes Ave, Natchitoches, LA, 71457
The price is $109 per night from May 22 to May 23
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (382 reviews)
"The ladies at the front desk were super nice and friendly; the hotel was excellent in a great location."

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Fairfield Inn & Suites Natchitoches
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Quaint cottage near Natchitoches Historic District
Quaint cottage near Natchitoches Historic District
Natchitoches, LA
The price is $225 per night from May 30 to May 31
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4.9/5 Exceptional! (49 reviews)
Clean and comfortable
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Quaint cottage near Natchitoches Historic District
Truvy's Cottage at Steel Magnolia House
Truvy's Cottage at Steel Magnolia House
Natchitoches, LA
The price is $375 per night from May 17 to May 18
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Truvy's Cottage at Steel Magnolia House
The serenity cottage
The serenity cottage
Natchitoches, LA
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5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Cute cottage close to the university
"I came to Natchitoches for a conference at the university and this location was perfect. The cottage is situated off the street behind a gate, which made it a bit tricky to find when I pulled up at 10 pm but it made for a quiet, private stay. The space was cozy and perfect for just me. There’s a ..."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2022

The serenity cottage
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