Natchitoches, (Nack-a-tish) the original French colony in Louisiana, is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Established in 1714, Natchitoches (Nack-a-tish) retains its European flavor through its architecture, heritage and lifestyle.
The Natchitoches area, in Central Louisiana along I-49, is home to three state historic sites, Creole plantations, and museums all within the boundaries of the Cane River National Heritage Area. At the heart of Natchitoches lies a Landmark Historic District that is a shopping and dining paradise and a bed & breakfast lover’s dream. Natchitoches is the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Louisiana with over 35+ inns offering 125+ rooms that range from rustic to elegant, many within walking distance of the historic district. Natchitoches hosts nine nationally recognized motel chains with 800+ rooms plus two locally owned inns.
The area is also known for the filming of Steele Magnolias as well as year-round festivals including the annual December Festival of Lights. Natchitoches is also the new home to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.
Come discover the history, mystery and even a world-famous meat pie or two, in Natchitoches, Louisiana.