America's Scenic Byways

Great River Road - Louisiana

717 miles - Allow at least three hours.

More than 700 miles of public highways and streets connect leisure travelers--residents and visitors alike--with Louisiana’s rural towns, historic sites, Antebellum homes and plantations, the state capitol, New Orleans’ French Quarter and history of the Louisiana’s Purchase, and all the local food, music, and amazing sights in between.

For decades, leisure travelers from around the world have been drawn to the Louisiana Great River Road. The “Mighty Mississippi,” “River Road Plantations,” blues and jazz, swamp tours, Cajun and Creole culture and cooking, Mardi Gras, pilgrimage, and tracing the tracks of early explorers and the marches of Civil War campaigns are longstanding travel motivations that continue through today and bring people to these 700 miles of the Great River Road.