Krotz Springs Area
Ville Platte Area
When you take the road less traveled,
you make the most exciting discoveries.
Discover our way of life on the
Zydeco-Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway.
Acadia, Evangeline, and St. Landry parishes are in the heart of a region known as Acadiana—named
for the Acadians, the French-speaking Cajuns, who came here centuries ago. Cajun food, music and joie
de vivre help define and add spice to prairie life, but Cajuns are only part of a rich cultural mélange found
no place else.
Here you will find French families whose ancestors
came from Europe to Louisiana with the very first settlers in the early 1700s. Napoleonic soldiers fled here
after their leader's exile a century later, adding another layer of French culture. German families from the
Midwest plowed the prairies into golden fields of grain. French-speaking Creoles came to Louisiana from
a once-French Caribbean Island. Others brought African accents to the region. American descendants
from practically every European nation flocked to the prairies after the Louisiana Purchase.
One result has been the creation of not one, but three distinct musical traditions, all emanating from the
prairies. Cajuns took old Louisiana French music, associated it with the German accordion, and created
what is known as "traditional" Cajun music. Creoles took that same early Louisiana French music,
associated it with blues, and created a new music called Zydeco. In the 1950s, the sounds of blues, rock
and roll, and Louisiana French came together on the prairie to create a unique "swamp pop" sound that
swept the nation.
As you visit the communities along the Zydeco-Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway, you can still hear Cajun
and Creole French spoken in shops and on the street, take delight in our famous cuisine, and dance to
rhythms that run through our very life.
A visit to the Jean Lafitte Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice can provide a rich education into
our folklore and folkways. Along the byway you will find architecture ranging from quaint Acadian
cottages to gracious antebellum mansions.
Sportsmen and photographers alike will relish the unforgettable experience of visiting the Atchafalaya
Basin, one of America's last great wilderness wetlands.
Campers and fishermen will find delightful diversion at Chicot, Louisiana's largest and most popular
The heart of the Cajun Prairie, Acadia Parish, has some of the most beautiful surroundings imaginable; catch a glimpse of wildlife as they migrate along a recognized fly-way, fields of golden rice, the world's oldest grain, crawfish fields and the many museums and attractions that highlight the culture and heritage of this Louisiana paradise.
Bayous shaded by moss-draped oaks, flooded rice fields glistening in the sun, and prairies ablaze with
wildflowers create a feast for the eye.
At Grand Coteau, a shrine to St. John Berchmans commemorates what Catholics believe to be the only
verified miracle in North America and it gives testimony to the abiding faith of this area's people.
Old cotton warehouses and railroad depots are reminders of days when steam-powered boats and
trains traversed the region and stimulated early commerce.
Most visitors to Louisiana are attracted by three things: Our taste-tempting food, our wonderful music,
and our lush landscapes. These are the building blocks of the distinctive culture found on the
Zydeco-Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway.
The spirit of our people comes to life with each
serving of jambalaya, boudin and smoked sausage. And our defining dish, gumbo, brings all of our cultures
together in one bowl.
In dance halls dotting the countryside, local musicians offer an infectious music that brings friends and
families together each weekend to visit, dance and have a good time.
Antique shops and flea markets offer shoppers treasures from the past, while specialty shops feature
creations from our local artisans. Hikers, cyclists, and birdwatchers can explore rolling hills and flat
prairies, follow bayous and rivers, and tour swamps and woodlands.
Wherever you go you will be captivated by the friendliest people in the world — genuine, hardworking
folks who find the time to laugh a little, dance a little, and live a unique way of life to its fullest.
Come celebrate life the way we do!