Looking for the Real Louisiana? Try the ‘Cajun Coast’

They call it the “real Louisiana,” otherwise known as the “Cajun Coast.” It’s a special slice of the Bayou state that’s rich in history, Cajun culture, wildlife and the vital industries of fishing and petroleum production. And did we mention great food and hospitality?

Begin by taking Bayou Teche Scenic Byway (Highway 182) between New Orleans and Lafayette. You’re in the Cajun Coast when you cross into St. Mary Parish. Then, point your RV to wherever your curiosity takes you. Bayous, sugar cane fields, plantation homes, historic buildings and streets lined with moss-draped oak trees await. The area’s five municipalities include Morgan City, Franklin, Berwick, Baldwin, Patterson and the Sovereign Nation of the Chitimacha.

The Cajun Coast is part of the Atchafalaya Trace Heritage Area which recently obtained National Heritage Area Designation. It includes the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp, the largest overflow swamp in the nation. Wildlife including native and migratory birds, and fish abound. See this unique area up close on Cajun Jack’s swamp tour.

Spend time in the town of Franklin’s Historic District where more than 420 noteworthy structures and stunning plantation homes grace the area.

Experience the unique world of offshore oil drilling by touring the International Petroleum Museum and Exposition inMorgan City. There, you can tour an authentic offshore rig, now used for training. Named Mr. Charlie, it’s anchored in the Atchafalaya River.

Festivals celebrating Cajun heritage and culture are popular along the Cajun Coast. The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival is the state’s oldest chartered harvest festival with a name that symbolizes the regions two key industries.

The Cajun Coat Visitors and Convention Bureau list a dozen RV parks in the area.

Learn more about the Cajun Coast at



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