While I personally feel like Louisiana is beautiful as a whole with some of the best food and people around. Here are ten of the most beautiful and smallest cities that some of you may not be too familiar with.

Breaux Bridge

Breaux Bridge is near Lafayette, Louisiana, and is mostly known as the Crawfish Capital of the world. While the city is rather small, you can find the annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival that pulls in thousands of people from all over Louisiana. Close to 30 percent of the population speaks French, which is of Acadian roots.

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Covington

A beautiful place to reside for peace and tranquility. A great attraction to Covington is the preservation of the historic downtown streets. You can do shopping at the city's boutiques and galleries and enjoy some great southern comfort food at the local area restaurants.

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Natchitoches

I have to admit I have been in Lake Charles and I have been here for 20 years and I am still fine-tuning my pronunciation of certain places in Louisiana and this is one of them. Natchitoches is one of the oldest settlements in the Louisiana Purchase area. It is currently the home to the Natchitoches meat pie and the older general store in the state of Louisiana.

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Grand Isle

This town is the known set of "The Awakening" by author Kate Chopin and is primarily known as a fishing town despite being hit repeatedly by hurricanes in the city. The place is known for its beautiful beaches and the Grand Isle State Park.

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St. Francisville

This city is located near Baton Rouge and was established in the early 1800s, they are also home to seven popular historic plantations which have been visited by many from all over.

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St. Martinville

This small quaint town was founded by French explorers in early 1700;s and is considered the birthplace of the cajun culture as we are familiar with it. This is also a place that is known for sugar cane and crawfish. You may want to make sure that your french and Louisiana Creole French are up to par if you decide to visit.

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Thibodaux

This place is located in southern Louisiana and is known for great Cajun culture and superb food. Some of the well-known specialties there are Jambalaya and boudin.

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Labadieville

This little city in the bayou named after a popular French pioneer is known for its multicultural background which included French, Spanish, and even German explorers. It is also known for the St. Philomena Catholic Church.

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Henderson

I have never heard of this town before, but it is near Lafayette with about 37 percent of the residents speaking French and some Vietnamese. There are plenty of fishing opportunities and great seafood for all to enjoy.

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Opelousas

This is the third oldest city and is known as the spice capital of the world. It is also home to the world-famous Tony's Chachere's seasoning. Many may not be familiar with this, but the city is named after the Appalousa Native American tribe with a very strong Cajun tradition.

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The state that I have called home for the last 20 years is Louisiana. There is so much culture to indulge in and plenty of great landmarks that the entire family can enjoy. If you want to create a bucket list of new experiences. I challenge you to gas up the ride and prepare for a great trip down the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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