We hope you enjoy your visit to Natchitoches please contact the Natchitoches Convention and Visitor’s Bureau with further questions or for information by email or telephone.

Natchitoches the original French Colony in Louisiana retains its European flavor through its architecture, heritage and lifestyle. At the heart of this National Historic Landmark District lies Front Street, a brick thoroughfare where wrought iron balconies, restaurants and shops face the beautiful Cane River Lake. The City of Natchitoches was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, making it the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory.

The City’s Historic Landmark District, which fronts Cane River Lake and encompasses a 33-block area, includes many historic homes, churches and commercial structures. A mixture of Queen Anne and Victorian architecture, along with Creole style cottages can be seen throughout the district.

  • “Steel Magnolias” the movie is based on a true story. Filmed entirely in Natchitoches and released in 1989. This enduring movie for all ages is now a classic. Writer, Robert Harling, Jr., is a native and resident of Natchitoches.
  • National Historic Landmark District, only one outside of the Vieux Carre in New Orleans
  • Shopping, Antiques & Kaffie-Frederick Mercantile established 1863. Oldest continuously operated business in Natchitoches.
  • Museums, Historic Homes, Restaurants
  • Art Galleries & walking tours.


Natchitoches Convention
and Visitor's Bureau

781 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
Toll-free: (800)259-1714
Local: (318)352-8072
Fax: (318)352-2415

Accommodations in Natchitoches

Boasting a remarkable 31 bed & breakfast inns, 5 private guesthouses and 10 commercial hotel/motels, the Natchitoches area offers a wide range of lodging options. now makes it effortless to compare locations, rates or amenities and plan your travel arrangements online. We invite you to experience the gracious Southern hospitality and unequaled Louisiana flavor that only Natchitoches can offer!



Take your taste buds on a tour of Cane River Country. Whether you’re looking for historic Nakatosh Coffee, the world-famous “Natchitoches” meat pies, or signature Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine, Natchitoches has it all. Dining experiences in Natchitoches range from Southern, Creole, Cajun and all ethic groups are represented. offers a detailed list of the local restaurant.


Events and Festivals

If you know anything about Louisiana culture, you should know that we play just as hard as we work. We celebrate the music, our heritage, flowers and architecture. Here in the Natchitoches area we take much pride in the Christmas Festival, so much so that we extended the event to last from Thanksgiving to the New Year. Over 500,000 people visit this historic community during the month of December. We have festivals to celebrate our Creole, Native American and Louisiana cultures and Natchitoches hosts their very own Mardi Gras celebration.  Check on the events calendar on to see what’s happening during your visit.