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Old 12-17-2015, 07:28 PM   #1
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Ideas for a January Louisiana Trip

We are planning a January trip to Louisiana. I know - it's a big state but would love to have some ideas on places to visit, etc. I've been doing some research and would like to visit some of the plantations. Will also probably end up in New Orleans before heading back to NC. Planning on being gone about 3 weeks but that's flexible. Suggestions?
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Hope you have a great trip. Lots to see here. Good news is that there has been a lot of road work te past year and some improvements made on our notoriously bad roads. Plantations all over the state. In my little home town, Natchitoches, in northwest area, we have many including Melrose, where the famous slave artist Clementine Hunter lived and painted. Natchitoches is the oldest town in the original Louisiana purchase, 1714. Several movies were filmed here . . .horse soldiers, steel magnolias, man in the moon and others. We have a nationally listed historic district with shops and restaurants. Alligator farm. Tours of plantations and movie locations. Check us out online.
Bad news is we have no really nice rv parks, but several campgrounds. Nicest is probably Nakatosh cg at I-49 and LA 6. https://www.natchitoches.com, www.Natchitoches.net
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:13 PM   #3
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We visited New Orleans this past March. We stayed at a campground called Pine Crest RV Park in Slidell - across the lake from New Orleans, but convenient. I highly recommend devoting an entire day to tour the National World War II Museum in New Orleans - one of the best museums I've ever seen; it's rated the 11th best museum in the WORLD!

For plantations we toured the Oak Alley Plantation - eat at their restaurant; the Smoked Gator Po'Boy sandwich is pretty tasty!

We also did a swamp tour: the Cajun Pride Swamp Tour. It's a ways west of New Orleans but it was an entertaining 90 minute pontoon boat tour of a privately owned swamp. That time of year the gators are pretty lethargic, but we still saw probably 200 of them.

It rained on us pretty much every day we were there, but we still enjoyed our stay.
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Most Louisiana State Parks Are Above Average

You've already received excellent information from the fine folks above. If you would rather take the $1 Algiers Ferry into the heart of New Orleans, you might consider this state park located on old Highway 90: https://www.google.com/search?q=stat...34806250008599

They have excellent WiFi, water, and electricity and convenient dump stations at each camping area. I've stayed there many times and if I didn't want to wait on the ferry, I took the infamous Huey P. Long Bridge into New Orleans. (no toll) My homebase is Southeast Texas but I enjoy forays into Louisiana. Should you find yourself on Interstate 10 around Lake Charles and want to visit the casinos, Sulphur has an excellent RV Park just South of town: A-Plus | When it comes to your comfort, we make the grade! I can't say enough good things about this place. I've stayed there for a week every month for the past three years.
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Stayed three nights in greater new Orleans area once. In River Ridge, LA, north west suburb of new Orleans. Stayed at koa west. It was neat, clean and surprisingly quiet.

http://koa.com/campgrounds/new-orleans
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X2 on Bayou Segnette State Park and the ferry, Love it.
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We are planning a January trip to Louisiana. I know - it's a big state but would love to have some ideas on places to visit, etc. I've been doing some research and would like to visit some of the plantations. Will also probably end up in New Orleans before heading back to NC. Planning on being gone about 3 weeks but that's flexible. Suggestions?
Louisiana is a great place - my son went to LSU so we visited there many times. Places to see and stay:

We stayed at Cajun Palms RV Park in Henderson - Near Lafayette the heart of Cajun Cooking. RV park is next to Crawfish Town Restaurant, visited the Tabasco Factory on the way back came up past Pierre Part and other locations on Swamp People. Took the back roads through Breaux Bridges to Lafayette and had a great meal in Lafayette.

Staying at the Baton Rouge KOA wee visited Baton Rouge toured the Capital building where Huey Long was shot, on the LSU Campus is Mike the Tiger and much more. Took a trip to Port Hudson the site of the longest siege of the Civil War and last Union engagement to free the Mississippi.

Stayed at Pavillion RV park in West Monroe stopped in to check out the Duck Commander store and other places featured on Duck Dynasty.

Stayed at the Shreveport/Bossier City KOA visited the Shreveport Water Works Museum, Toured downtown Shreveport and took a side trip to Gibsland to see the Bonnie and Clyde Museum and ambush site.

Stayed at New Orleans West KOA in River Ridge just about 10 minutes from the Big Easy - nice place and had a great meal at Zia Rotisserie at River Ridge. Plenty of stuff in NO to see and do.
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My wife is plantation crazy so we've been to MANY! Oak Alley ranks at the top of our list.

Oak Alley Plantation: Antebellum Mansion, Historic Grounds, Restaurant & Inn

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Have not been there but been there myself but highly recommended Grayson's Barbeque in Clarence, La. short distance from Natchitoches. Known worldwide for their smoked ham.
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Favorite Louisiana campgrounds
River View across the river from Natchez, great view of the river from inside your RV. Lots to do and see in Natchez.
Cajun Palms just west of the spillway I think it is in Henderson. Good location to tour swamps and good Cajun food. You can walk out the back of the campground to Crawfish Town Restaurant which is very good.
If you want to see New Orleans I suggest French Quarter RV Resort in downtown. Not cheep but in heart of town.
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We are in Pine crest RV for a month- They put us in a swamp and refused a move even though there were plenty high and dry lots - Should have known when we arrived at noon and were rudly told that its lunch time. Lots of unhappy people here. we are going to try and move to one of the casino parks.
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We are in Pine crest RV for a month- They put us in a swamp and refused a move even though there were plenty high and dry lots - Should have known when we arrived at noon and were rudly told that its lunch time. Lots of unhappy people here. we are going to try and move to one of the casino parks.

I recommend Pontchartrain Landing. Easy in/out.
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Have not been there but been there myself but highly recommended Grayson's Barbeque in Clarence, La. short distance from Natchitoches. Known worldwide for their smoked ham.
Yes! Great quality meat but not crazy about the vinegar based sauce. Eat there often. Wife gets a free ham from there every year from work. Going to pick it up Monday. Just a little hole in the wall place but draws a crowd. Nice family too that's owned it for years.
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