Louisiana Road Trip: Off the Beaten Path

I’m taking off this morning on a 13-parish road trip of north and central Louisiana with my friend from Twitter, @LouisianaTravel. She’s a mom also, and we plan on exploring parts of the state that people don’t normally think to visit.

The theme of our road trip is “Off the Beaten Path” and we’ll visit 13 parishes including the cities of Monroe/West Monroe, Colliston, Pioneer, Delhi, Ruston, Gibsland, Minden, Shreveport/Bossier City, Haughton, Clarence, Campti, Saline, Natchitoches, Alexandria/Pineville, Cheneyville, Lecompte, and Forest Hill.

We plan on checking out Louisiana State Park cabins and various bed and breakfasts along the way. No chain hotels for us on this one. We want to meet the people and the places that make up this upper portion of Louisiana.

We’ll be using Facebook, Twitter, Twitpic, and Britekite along the way so that anyone who wants to see behind the scenes of how a travel story is developed, can follow along. The hashtag we use on Twitter is #LaMamas. So follow us and send your comments along during our journey.

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  1. “Off the beaten path” is a good theme for a trip like yours. It’s also a good idea to let people follow along in case they’d loved to. Have a great trip.

  2. Lived in Monroe for a short time about ten years ago and loved exploring NE Louisiana. Near Alexandria (16 miles south in Cheneyville), check out Loyd Hall Plantation – scenic B&B with beautiful cottages arranged around a central courtyard with beautiful pool. This place made a huge impression on — it’s this Yankee’s ideal Southern living experience. Completely unrelated but are you planning to stop by the spot where Bonnie & Clyde were gunned down in Arcadia, La? Another interesting off the beaten path site.

  3. Just been talking about road trips in my blog … I reckon the increased use of motorways has torn the heart out of most of them. But, there’s one or two still, if you know where to look for them.

  4. Hi Emily – I know I always like to follow along and definitely watch the Travel Channel religiously.

    Kristy – I guess since you mentioned it, will have to include Lloyd Hall and also Arcadia to see the Bonnie and Clyde Museum.

    Keith – I’m still remembering how much I enjoyed our little road trip to Amesbury. So cool. Stonehenge Brewery was definitely a highlight 🙂

  5. Years ago I did a road trip across the U.S. We didn’t drive on one interstate freeway, and saw parts of the country I would have never seen. Road trips are the best way to travel. I’ll be following your trip with interest.

  6. Make sure you make a stop at Cajun Village and John Folse restaurant at his bed and breakfast. The name of the restaurant is Lafittes Landing. Also a air boat tour in the atchafalaya is a must. It is located in the Bittersweet Plantation. ENJOY!

    WHO DAT!

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