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Natchitoches is a city of approximately 18,000 located in the northwestern portion of Louisiana. It was founded in 1714 as part of the Louisiana Purchase, which makes it the oldest French settlement in the state. Named after the Natchitoches Indian tribe, the city of Natchitoches incorporated on February 5, 1819. This charming community has retained its rich European flavor through its architecture, food and lifestyle. The thirty-three block historic district, which fronts Cane River Lake in Natchitoches, includes more than fifty buildings and has been designated a National Landmark Historic District. A mix of Queen Anne, Victorian and Creole-style architecture can be seen throughout the district, including Front Street with its brick thoroughfare and wrought iron balconies. Youll find historic homes and cemeteries, museums, trolley and boat rides, art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and more in downtown Natchitoches. The Natchitoches Meat Pie, a regional delicacy, has been named one of the official state foods of Louisiana. Hollywood has also discovered the quaint town and several movies have been filmed in Natchitoches, including Steel Magnolias. The city is also well known for its popular Christmas lighting festival and is recognized as the "Bed & Breakfast Capital of Louisiana." Other Natchitoches attractions include the Cane River National Heritage Area, an alligator park, a fish hatchery and many recreational opportunities for fishing, hiking and canoeing. In 2004, Natchitoches was named as one of only two "Preserve America" communities in Louisiana.

Surrounding areas: Montgomery, Louisiana (13.8 mi), Pleasant Hill, Louisiana (24.9 mi), Many, Louisiana (25.8 mi), Winnfield, Louisiana (29.1 mi), Zwolle, Louisiana (33.2 mi)

Natchitoches Vacation Rentals

Natchitoches Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western5135 Hwy 6Natchitoches, LA (318) 352-6655
Comfort Inn5362 Hwy 6 WNatchitoches, LA (318) 352-7500
Hampton Inn5300 University PkwyNatchitoches, LA (318) 354-0010
Holdiay Inn Express & Suites5137 University PkwyNatchitoches, LA (318) 354-9911
Holiday Inn Express5131 Hwy 6Natchitoches, LA (318) 354-9911
Microtel Inn & Suites5335 University PkwyNatchitoches, LA (318) 214-0700
Ramada Inn Natchitoches7624hwy 1 SouthNatchitoches, LA (318) 357-8281
Super 8Hwy 3110Natchitoches, LA (318) 352-1700

Natchitoches Weather & Climate

Central Louisiana has a humid subtropical climate with some continental influence in the wintertime. Summers are very hot and humid and winters are pleasant and mild. Occasional cold snaps are possible in winter, but they do not last long. Central Louisiana receives plentiful rainfall year round and snowfalls in this area are rare. Tropical storms and hurricanes have an influence on the weather in central Louisiana, but do not impact it as much as areas closer to the coast. Some low-lying regions may experience flooding during rainstorms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 35°F 5.68 in. -
February 62°F 39°F 4.41 in. -
March 69°F 46°F 5.34 in. -
April 76°F 53°F 4.52 in. -
May 84°F 62°F 5.83 in. -
June 90°F 69°F 4.50 in. -
July 93°F 73°F 3.39 in. -
August 93°F 72°F 3.49 in. -
September 87°F 66°F 3.09 in. -
October 78°F 54°F 4.14 in. -
November 67°F 45°F 4.62 in. -
December 59°F 38°F 5.92 in. -

Natchitoches Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Alexandria International airport (AEX) located about 43 miles southeast of Natchitoches in Alexandria, Louisiana, the Esler Regional airport (ESF) located approximately 53 miles southeast of Natchitoches in Alexandria, Louisiana, the Center Municipal airport (F17) located roughly 62 miles west of Natchitoches in Center, Texas, and finally the Shreveport Regional airport (SHV) located around 64 miles northwest of Natchitoches in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Natchitoches Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Hamel's ParkShreveportLA65.5 mi.
Water Parks
Water TownShreveportLA65.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Northwestern Hills Golf CourseNatchitochesLA 
Pine Ridge Country ClubWinnfieldLA28.1 mi.
Alexandria Museum of ArtAlexandriaLA49.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Alexandria Zoological ParkAlexandriaLA49.2 mi.
Ellen Trout ZooLufkinTX100.3 mi.

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