Natchitoches, Louisiana, (say "Nack-ah-tish") is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase and has strong French and Spanish roots, still visible in its preserved architecture. It is a popular tourist destination, particularly during the Christmas season, when tourists flock to its many classic-style shops and cafes and watch large city-sponsored fireworks shows and Christmas light festivals. Most other visitors to Natchitoches come for the quaint, romantic B&Bs and the classic, historic sights. It is home to Northwestern State University, as well as the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, and the Louisiana Scholars' College.

Get in

The best way to get there is by car from Interstate 49 south exit 138, if you are coming from Shreveport, or north, if coming from Alexandria. The most convenient nearby airport is likely Shreveport Regional (SHV), where flights come daily from Dallas-Fort Worth. The Natchitoches Regional Airport is a small airport located within the city. Greyhound buses also make stops in Natchitoches.

Get around

Natchitoches is a small town, and does not have a public transit system. Much of the travel through the historic district can be done on foot. For those who drive their own vehicles to visit, parking is generally not a difficulty.




Natchitoches has a history of providing festivals to its inhabitants. Attend the many festivals that the small town puts on for its inhabitants and those from the outside.


Louisiana-related antiques and other products can be purchased at the shops along the lakefront in downtown. Alligator related products and decorative weapons can be purchased at the alligator farm. Northwestern State University related products can be purchased from Campus Corner across the street from the University, and also from the NSU bookstore inside the student union building.There is also a restaurant called Magee's which is situated across the NSU Campus next to City Bank and Trust company.


One popular regional dish is the Natchitoches Meat Pie.



National hotel chains have franchises in Natchitoches. Several large hotels are located near I-49, where it passes the outskirts of Natchitoches.

Bed and Breakfasts are located close to the Historic District of Downtown Natchitoches as well.

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Routes through Natchitoches

Shreveport  N  S  Alexandria Lafayette
Shreveport Powhatan  N  S  Natchez Alexandria
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