The Bayou Teche Scenic Byway has long been recognized as a travel corridor to and through important cultural, historic, natural, recreation and scenic environments. Bayou Teche is the most famous and the most handsomely endowed bayou in the state, curling for miles through south central Louisiana. Through its resources, the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway tells nationally significant stories that celebrate the nation’s diverse heritage. Stories of the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway include Native American, Acadian, and Spanish descendants who inhabited this area and survived off the land.
The Boom or Bust Byway tells the American story of the dramatic ups and downs in the oil and gas, lumber, transportation, farming, and entertainment industries. It encompasses America’s western expansion, which has a history of successes and failures, but nonetheless changed the American landscapes, history, and lifestyles. With the state parks, national wildlife management areas, refuges, forests, national recreational areas, and local parks and recreational areas, this Byway is a magnet for outdoor recreationists and history buffs alike.
Known as Louisiana s Outback, the Creole Nature Trail meanders through marshes, prairies, and along the Gulf of Mexico. As you loop through Calcasieu and Cameron parishes in Southwest Louisiana, view alligators and birds up close and in the wild, along with colorful wildflowers and rare cheniers shaped by salty winds.
Throughout history, the Mississippi River influenced many lives: the Dakota, Chippewa, and Hopewell cultures; early French voyagers; African-Americans seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad; and many more. Through its charming river towns and metropolitan cities, historic sites and cultural artifacts, today s Great River Road still links resources, people, and history.