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Plantation Country


Just west of New Orleans, the Great River Road begins its winding journey along both sides of the Mississippi River. Flowing fields of sugar cane occasionally give way to mysterious views of towering mansions set amongst centuries-old, moss-draped live oaks.

This is Plantation Country, where lovingly preserved antebellum relics grace the landscape along with charming small towns and Louisiana's capital city. Diverse cultural traditions combine here to create the local "River Road cuisine" and the music: blues, zydeco, jazz, country and rock'n'roll.

Baton Rouge boasts unique historic buildings, nightlife, riverboat gaming, shopping, theatre and ballet companies, a planetarium, plus museums of art, plantation life, science, political history, local African-American history and more.

 

Where to Stop Along the Way?

ALBANY, LA
Enjoy our country atmosphere & outdoor adventures! Shop in Historict District & Antique Village, visit our antique complex & Carter Plantation Golf Course.

BATON ROUGE, LA
Experience authentic LA at every turn. Majestic plantations, legendary music, mouth watering cuisine, swamp tours, riverboat gaming & shopping galore!

DONALDSONVILLE, LA
This quiet town contains magnificent pre-Civil War architectural structures, including Ascension Catholic Church and St. Emma Plantation.

GONZALES, LA
In the heart of Plantation Country-45 mins. from N.O./30 mins. from B.R. Plantations, museums, swamp tours, outlet center, antiques, golf, Cajun food & more!

GRAMERCY, LA
Experience the charm of the River Parishes. Visit a part of the area's history that makes Plantation Country unique.

JACKSON, LA
Rolling hills, quaint B&B's historic sites, regional museum & Steam Engine Train. Nat. Landmark Courthouse & antiques. Located in English LA's Plantation Country.

LAPLACE, LA
St. John the Baptist Parish - Plantations, major hotels, fine dining, swamp tours, & world-famous andouille.

LULING, LA
Home of Destrehan & Ormond Plantations, LaBranche Dependency House, St. Charles Borromeo Church, Catfish, Alligator & Destrehan Fall Fests & swamp tours.

MORGANZA, LA
Annual Gumbo Cook-off & Christmas Parade. 2nd Sun. in Dec. Attractions, shopping, good food & friendly people. Make each visit special! Film site for Easy Rider.

NEW ROADS, LA
City of New Roads
Step off the beaten path & discover this Main Street city located on beautiful False River. History, antiques, lodging, recreation, great food & more.See the sights. Enjoy the shops. Stay the night!

PLAQUEMINE, LA
Majestic Nottoway, fascinating swamp tours, beautiful backroads & bayous, charming shops, a shimmering lockhouse, an Audubon Golf Trail course...a gumbo of fun.

PORT ALLEN, LA
On the river, On the way. Minutes from New Orleans, Baton Rouge & Cajun Country. Eight hotels on I-10.

SORRENTO, LA
45 mins. to New Orleans/30 mins. to Baton Rouge Plantations, museums, swamp tours, outlet center, antiques, golf, Cajun food & more!

ST FRANCISVILLE, LA
Plantation tours, gardens, inns & hotels, quaint shops & dining in Hist. Dist. Golf, cycling, hiking & birding. Nature preserves.

VACHERIE, LA
This is where you'll find the most photographed & written about plantations & swamp tours in the South. Min. from New Orleans; worlds apart.