Taking a Cajun Country RV Trip along the Old Spanish Trail

A winter getaway to warm days in Louisiana landscapes can be just the thing when you are getting chilled to the bone up north. An RV trip through Cajun Country is a treat for any family. You will drive along U.S. Highway 90 and part of the Old Spanish Trail. Besides great scenery, you will experience the flavor and heritage of the Old South, with alligators, Creoles and Cajuns welcoming you. Travel the moss-draped route of the Old Spanish Trail Scenic Byway with plenty of opportunities for tours, both self-guided and led by knowledgeable guides.

Start your adventure in Houma, LA where museums abound and wildlife is right on your doorstep. Fish the Gulf from shore or charter a service to take you out for a chance at a big fish. Dance halls and festivals bring to you Cajun history you will find no place else. See alligators and more at Wildlife Gardens. Here you can enjoy a self-guided walking tour and see all kinds of local plants and animals.

Before you leave Houma, stop by the Bayou Terrebone Waterlife Museum to get an idea of how water transport and seafood have affected the connections here with the rest of the world. Then travel on to Morgan City where you can visit more museums, go hiking or play a round of golf.

Right on the edge of Morgan City is the Atchafalaya Basin, America’s largest river swamp. There are bayous, backwater lakes and hardwood trees that form amazing forests. Take a swamp tour or hike some trails. The Bayou Teche National Wildlife Reserve is not a place to miss on your travels either. Some of the endangered or threatened species living here are the American alligator and the Louisiana black bear.

Take your RV motorhome along the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway, moving through St. Mary, Iberia and St. Martin parishes. This 125-mile side trip is well worth the time. The natural landscape will thrill and inspire. All the small communities you pass on your entire trip along the Old Spanish Trail and other side roads have been shaped by the arrival of Acadians, moving here from Nova Scotia in 1755.

When you reach New Iberia, you will want to stop at Shadows-on-the-Teche, a mansion built by a sugar planter and restored by the builder’s great grandson many years later. If you are interested in antique furniture used in this region in the 19th century, you will love touring this home. You will also see displays of Mardi Gras costumes and other local artifacts.

St. Martinville offers many interesting sights, from historic museums, lovely parks and fishing to wildlife wading in waterways thick with cattails. Check the city events schedule as there are always some festivals going on in this Louisiana town. You will find RV camping at the Catfish Heaven Aqua Farm and Campground nearby. They have plenty of amenities to make your stay a perfect Cajun experience.

Breaux Bridge, LA is the end of the line for this particular RV trip. Before heading home, stroll around the quaint streets of downtown and fill up on some fabulous Cajun food. Enjoy some Cajun music and plan your next trip to this amazing down-south region.

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