Take a tour across the beautiful state of Louisiana. Follow the Nature Trail, a 180-mile All-American Road that loops south from I-10 via state highway 27 at Sulphur. Along the route visit the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, the largest waterfowl sanctuary on the Gulf Coast. Among the 300 species that either live or overwinter here are roseate spoonbills, anhingas, and snowy egrets. Follow the trail to Gulf Coast beaches, where you can go shelling for angelwings, coquinas, olives, and welks. May through September, pack along a thick string, a dip net, pail, and chicken necks for crabbing. The small bridges that cross canals along the route are prime spots to catch crabs.
From Cajun country, follow I-49 north into the heart of the state to the outdoor wonders around Alexandria and Pineville, and pretty Natchitoches, the oldest town in the Louisiana Purchase and where the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias was filmed.
You can hike the trails in Kisatchie National Forest, and canoe the Ouiska Chitto River. Venture east for a glimpse of both history and modern technology at Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gins, in Frogmore. Tours include 19 historic buildings, including furnished slave cabins. To fish for largemouth bass, head west to Toledo Bend, where double-digit whoppers are reeled in every year.
All along the route you will find bed and breakfasts where you can stop and rest for the night before continuing your adventure. See a list of bed and breakfasts on the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast home page.