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Around Louisiana: Alexandria

Around Louisiana


In 2018, we’re taking a virtual road trip around Louisiana and highlighting some of our best travel stories.  Check back on the 15th of each month to explore the sites and events from a different region of the state.  This month, we’re heading to the Alexandria region in the heart of central Louisiana!




Kent House in Alexandria


Kent House (1994)

See Chef John Folse’s visit to this Creole-style plantation in Alexandria.




Louisiana Pecan Festival in Colfax


Louisiana Pecan Festival (1996)

Tag along with Chef John Folse as he visits this annual festival in Colfax.




Bunkie in Avoyelles Parish


Bunkie (2005)

Learn more about the history of this Avoyelles Parish city, which is named after a stuffed monkey.




Dry Prong in Grant Parish


Dry Prong (2005)

Take a tour of this uniquely named village in Grant Parish, located near the Kisatchie National Forest.




Lecompte, the pie capital of Louisiana


Lecompte (2005)

Enjoy a visit to this Rapides Parish town, the pie capital of Louisiana and the home of Lea’s Lunchroom.




Kisatchie National Forest



Kisatchie National Forest (2009)

Take in the beautiful scenery at this 600,000 acre national forest, which spans seven Louisiana parishes.



Southern Forest Heritage Museum in Long Leaf


Southern Forest Heritage Museum (2009)

Tour this 57-acre complex in Long Leaf, a former mill town operated by the Crowell Lumber Company, on a newly restored M4 passenger rail car from the 1930s.



Alexandria Zoological Park


Alexandria Zoological Park (2012)

See the animals at the Alexandria Zoo, including two Louisiana Black Bears, the red wolf, and the Louisiana pine snake.



Hotel Bentley in Alexandria


Hotel Bentley (2016)

Enjoy a visit to this historic hotel in Alexandria, the site of military strategizing prior to World War II during the Louisiana Maneuvers.




Epps House in Alexandria


Epps House (2016)

Learn more about Solomon Northup, the author of “12 Years a Slave,” and his role in building this house, which is now located on the campus of LSU-Alexandria.




Join us on June 15th as our journey moves to Lake Charles.

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And check out more Louisiana Travel Stories.