America’s Greatest Main Streets

Cheers to these small towns for great Main Streets, where you can admire architecture, sample the local flavor, and find a lost America.

Natchitoches, LA

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This quiet town of 18,000 was first settled in 1714—four years before anyone thought to take up residence in New Orleans, four hours to the southeast. The downtown faces the Cane River and has a decidedly southern feel thanks to winsome buildings along Front Street festooned with balconies and cast iron, not to mention a waterway lined with live oaks. You may recognize it from the film Steel Magnolias.

Worth a Stop: A block off Front Street is Lasyone’s Meat Pie restaurant, serving a Civil War–era favorite: an empanada-type dish stuffed with mixed beef and pork. 

—Wayne Curtis

America’s Greatest Main Streets

Natchitoches, LA

This quiet town of 18,000 was first settled in 1714—four years before anyone thought to take up residence in New Orleans, four hours to the southeast. The downtown faces the Cane River and has a decidedly southern feel thanks to winsome buildings along Front Street festooned with balconies and cast iron, not to mention a waterway lined with live oaks. You may recognize it from the film Steel Magnolias.

Worth a Stop: A block off Front Street is Lasyone’s Meat Pie restaurant, serving a Civil War–era favorite: an empanada-type dish stuffed with mixed beef and pork. 

—Wayne Curtis

Courtesy of Natchitoches Area CVB
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