Orbitz: 6 Amazing River Road Plantations You Must Visit

About 2,000 prosperous plantations once stretched out along what is now Louisiana’s winding River Road Drive, which follows the Mississippi River for approximately 45 miles from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Most are now gone, perhaps 100 remain, and of those only 20 are open to the public. If traveling by car, visit just a couple a day, more than that can be overwhelming. Alternatively, organized day tours from New Orleans allow visitors to leave the logistics to someone else. 

Oak Alley Plantation: Vacherie, LA
"Accessed via the river road through a dramatic and oft-filmed alley of 300-year-old oak trees, this exceptional property has been the location for many movies, including “The Long Hot Summer,” “Interview with the Vampire” and “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte,” not to mention Beyonce’s “Déjà Vu” music video. The guided house tour introduces the family who built the plantation, while a self-guided tour outside spreads through six slave cabin reproductions and tells the story of those who were enslaved here. A particularly tasty breakfast and superb beignets are on the menu in a 19th-century cottage cafe, and on the outskirts of the property both new and century-old cottages are available for the night."

-- https://www.orbitz.com/blog/2016/07/6-mississippi-river-plantations-tota...


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