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Old 02-08-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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My friends and I are flying into Baton Rouge on Feb. 24th and renting a car for 4 days. We were thinking of heading south and making a circle back up through new orleans. We dont really care about New Orleans what we really want to do is drive backroads,eat and stop at small town bars to have some drinks with the locals. Any advice would be appreciated!!
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I'm guessing down through Houma/Thibodeaux, but I don't know a good route.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Yeah I'm guessing we'll head down through there, would like to get off the beaten path and drive through small towns, didnt know if anyone had any good bars they would suggest.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Head down south from Port Allen along highway 1. Lots of authentic cajun and historic towns and gorgeous huge plantations down that way. Make your way through Donaldsonville and get stay on highway 1 and follow it through THibodeaux and into Lafourche parish, and keep driving all the way through Galliano. Youll pass by small fishing towns and boats all over the place and some really beautiful scenery but its a long trip. It goes through marshland and wetlands like the sort you hear about that keeps disappearing. If you want you can also go visit Grand Isle, which is some of the only beach and the largest inhabited island in Louisiana, although that isnt a throughway it just ends at the island.
If you go back up from there you get to the town of Matthews where you can hop on highway 90 into New Orleans. The roads are kind of complicated on this route so be sure to plan it carefully if you go down there.

This particular review of highway 1 might help you get started
"Into the Cajun Heartland" (HWY 1 South) - Louisiana - Epinions.com
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Thanks alot, I appreciate it. I'll definetly look into that route
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Land of Ill Noise
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I seriously can't begin to express how much I'd absolutely love to do an out-of-the-way trip like this! That'd be so much up my alley to want to do one day. Thanks also for posting the link to that writeup on epinions, as I greatly enjoyed reading that. Just hope most of those businesses mentioned are still around to this day....
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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Do not miss crossing the Atchafalaya Basin on the I10 bridge that crosses it for 30 miles. Try to cross as sun is rising as its the most beautiful bayou and swamp crossing in the US;IMO.Its located east of Lafayette and easy to find on a map.I also recomend you visit some of the mansions south of New orleans and maybe the one between lake Charles and Lafaytte which has the staircase the one in Gone with the Wind was copied from. I alos visit ST Martinsville while near Lafayette. You can get off I10 at Breaux Bridge ;the heart of Cajun country and travel along the Bayou Tech to St Matinsville where the Evangaline Oak is on the Bayou. The oldest Catholic church in USA;ST Martin detour church called the church of the Acadians and other sites there.It is where the 1925 film Evangline was made from the poem by Longfellow.But no matter what I always make sure when traveig thru La. to make every attempt to cross the Basin at sun rise.

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