Meandering through Louisiana’s parishes are 16 byways–each offering an authentic taste of Louisiana food, music, culture and natural beauty like no other. Discover them by car, RV, motorcycle or bicycle year-round. You’ll find a short description of each byway below. For detailed maps and specific information about the history, sites and attractions along each byway, visit

Bayou Teche Byway (184 miles)
Immerse yourself in Acadian culture in cafés and dance halls that serve up Cajun and zydeco music along with boiled crawfish and étouffée. Tour stately mansions for a look at how sugar barons lived in the 1800s.

Boom or Bust Byway (136 miles)
Keep your camera handy to snap the landmarks and icons that reflect fortunes made or lost in oil, lumber, farming and music in this land of rolling hills, tall pines, and beautiful lakes and bayous.  

Cajun Corridor (33 miles)
Treat your taste buds! Sample fresh shrimp, crawfish, oysters or the spicy local sausage known as boudin. You'll find it all along this route through South Louisiana's rice and sugar cane fields and marshlands

Cane River National Heritage Trail (35 miles)
Step into the setting of Steel Magnolias, discover the region's signature dish - the meat pie - and tour a plantation once owned by slaves as you cross hills and prairies rich in historic sites and artifacts.

Creole Nature Trail All-American Road (180 miles)
Be inspired and amazed by the unsurpassed splendor of renowned coastal wetlands, wildlife refuges, and rippling marshes. Crabbing, fishing, birding or shelling, the opportunities are endless for the whole family to personally experience one of America's untamed natural wonders.

Dixie Overland Byway (204 miles)
Ancient people lived in Louisiana? That’s right. See the remains of their society at Poverty Point, then amble westward through sportsman’s paradise towards the cities of Monroe and Ruston.

Flyway Byway (54 miles)
Bike, hike, drive or canoe this scenic trail through swamp river and unique terrain. Discover some of Louisiana’s premier birding hotspots. See if you can spot any strange critters and watch out for gators!

Longleaf Trail Byway (17 miles)
Stunning views away you along a tour through the majestic Kisatchie National Forest, where a rugged landscape features beautiful mesas
, abundant wildlife and many chances to spot rare birds.

Louisiana Great River Road National Scenic Byway (717 miles)
The Longest portion of the 3,000 mile, 10 state Great River Road travels through Louisiana. As mighty as the river it follows, this byway traverses the history, diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage that make Louisiana one of the most fascinating places on the globe.  

Myths and Legends Byway (88 miles)
Like a good yarn? You'll love ambling through pine forests and blackberry farms during a tour based on true stories, tall tales and a gunslinger named Leather Britches Smith.  

San Bernardo Byway (38 miles)
"In 1814 we took a little trip..." 
See where Andrew Jackson and pirate Jean Lafitte defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans. Learn what drew canary Islanders and Europeans to this area centuries ago.  

Southern Swamps Byway (67 miles)
Alligators and turtles slip through the quiet waters, snowy egrets and blue herons pick their way across marshes, and time seems to stand still in this fishing and seafood paradise. Be sure to stop for gumbo!

Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway (78 miles)
Discover a fishing and boating paradise that's home to bald eagles, thousands of acres of woods, great local food and dozens of historic sites along a byway that parallels the sprawling Toledo bend Reservoir.

Tunica Trace Byway (20 miles)
The home of Louisiana State Penitentiary may seem an odd place to begin a journey, but Angola is a community with a colorful past. Explore the town, then take a short scenic drive to historic St. Francisville.  

Wetlands Cultural Byway (204 miles)
Amble along Bayou Lafourche for views of shrimpers, tugboats and shipbuilders; stop for lunch at a Cajun restaurant; or catch a guided swamp tour for close-ups of egrets, turtles, snakes and alligators.

Zydeco Cajun Prairie Byway (231 miles)
Want a tour that sounds as good as it looks? This byway rolls past many iconic music spots, along with crawfish farms, sweet potato fields and the sites of some of Louisiana's favorite festivals. Stop for Lunch!