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Since its founding in 1714, Natchitoches (pronounced “nack-a-tish”) has served as a major hub for the Cane River region. Its picturesque downtown historic district offers a taste of Louisiana’s unique foods, music, and culture. You’ll find several good restaurants and may want to try local favorites like signature meat pies and the Wookie—house-made fries topped with brisket and cheese. During the holidays, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival warms up the town with more than 300,000 lights, 100 set pieces, and fireworks each Saturday starting November 20.

The Wookie at Pioneer Pub, which combines house-made fries (left), and the Café Club Sandwich at Legacy Café (right).

Must-Dos in Natchitoches & Nearby

● Experience the heritage of St. Augustine Church, one the oldest Black Catholic communities in the U.S.

● See the greats at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

● Delve into rich history at Cane River Creole National Historical Park.

● Take a self-guided tour of the Natchitoches Historic District.


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