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Natchitoches, Alexandria & Much More


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Louisiana’s midsection is home to many historic cities like Ville Platte, Natchitoches, and Alexandria – what we like to call Bayou State’s bellybutton.

Natchitoches is a historic town if ever there was one. Referred to as the Destination of Travelers since 1714, the city is the Louisiana Purchase’s oldest permanent settlement.

Natchitoches features plenty of plantations, heritage areas, and historic sites – including the Cane River National Heritage Area, home to the Oakland Plantation and the Melrose Plantation.

Take a stroll along the Cane River in the Natchitoches Historic District, or check out the Cane River Creole National Historical Park – found along the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

A U.S. National Historic Landmark, and found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Los Adaes State Historic Site is set just west of Natchitoches. The former capital of New Spain’s Tejas from 1729 to 1770, thesite features free visits from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday – although only by appointment.

Incorporated in 1818, Alexandria has many historic structures doubling as museums. Downtown’s Louisiana History Museum is housed in the Old Alexandria Public Library – built in 1907 and found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Also listed on the register, the historic Rapides Bank Building – built in 1898 – is home to the Alexandria Museum of Art along the Red River.


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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

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Best Western of Alexandria Inn & Suites & Conference Center

2720 N MacArthur Drive, Alexandria LA 71303-4227
Phone: +1 318-445-5530  |  Fax: (318) 445-8496  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus DeRidder Inn & Suites

1055 N Pine Street, Deridder LA 70634-2817
Phone: +1 337-460-2066  |  Fax: (337) 460-7765  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Natchitoches Inn

5131 University Pkwy, Natchitoches LA 71457-7169
Phone: +1 318-352-6655  |  Fax: (318) 352-9440  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Oakdale Inn

2030 Highway 165 S, Oakdale LA 71463-3539
Phone: +1 318-335-3155  |  Fax: (318) 335-3159  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western St. Francisville Hotel

6756 US Highway 61, Saint Francisville LA 70775
Phone: +1 225-635-5851  |  Fax: (225) 635-5831  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Ville Platte

1919 E Main Street, Ville Platte LA 70586-6646
Phone: +1 337-360-9961  |  Fax: (337) 363-8526  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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