Small Towns in Louisiana
Louisiana is truly one of the more unique states in the United States. I say that, not because I am from the state, but because I have seen what many of the others have to offer. Granted, each state has something unique about it, and there are some really beautiful places around America. Because of Louisiana’s mixture of culture and history, many small towns in Louisiana have opportunities for photographers who wish to capture some different scenery. Louisiana is a great place for photography. I have put together a list of a few small towns in Louisiana for photographers.
1.) St. Martinville – St. Martinville is a small town with a strong Cajun heritage. St. Martinville is home to Evangeline girl, Notre Dame Cathedral, and a few antebellum style homes.
2.) Abita Springs – Abita Springs is just north of New Orleans across from Lake Ponchartrain. Abita Springs is also the home of the famed Abita Brewing Company. A great place to take a tour and grab a burger and freshly brewed beer after you finish the St. Tammany trail.
3.) Breaux Bridge – Located just outside Lafayette, Breaux Bridge is a small community with a flair for all things Cajun. Breaux Bridge has a picturesque downtown where you can settle in for a Sunday brunch at Café des Amis. Breaux Bridge is also home to the Crawfish Festival, and known as the Crawfish capital of the world.
4.) New Iberia – Judging by its name, Iberia, is derived from the Iberian peninsula which consists of Spain and Portugal. New Iberia was an old Spanish settlement. It has a unique downtown area and is also home to Shadows on the Teche. The world-famous hot sauce, called Tabasco, is also found on Avery Island, which is in New Iberia.
5.) Abbeville – Abbeville is located in the deep south of Louisiana just off of highway 14. It has a cozy downtown, and it is in close proximity to many of Louisiana’s crawfish farms. When you get to Abbeville, be sure to support local fisherman by eating some delicious seafood at one of its famed restaurants.
6.) Washington – Washington is a small main street town heading towards central Louisiana. It is a great place to spend a day antique shopping or grabbing lunch on the bayou. Washington is a steamboat city with a history of river commerce.
7.) St. Francisville – St. Francisville is a quiet town located near the Mississippi border. It has several beautiful plantations and enough old live oak trees to tell some marvelous tales. If you’d like to take a walk on the wild side, then you might enjoy Myrtle’s plantation. One of Louisiana’s oldest haunted escapes. Can you pass the night?
8.) Natchitoches – A true main street southern town. Natchitoches is a southern-style city with local feel. Natchitoches is a university town; it is part of French Louisiana, and the oldest standing settlement of the Louisiana Purchase. If you visit in December, you might enjoy the Festival of Lights.
Which city would you like to visit most? Let me know what you think!