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The ride from Breaux Bridge to Lafayette is through a mostly unpopulated area in the heart of Cajun Country. Good dining spots are readily available in both communities. Lafayette is known for its fine dining as well as its wonderful mom-and-pop eateries. You might time your visit to coincide with one of the great festivals that Lafayette stages annually. Festival International occurs in late April, and the famous Festival Acadiens is in late September.

From Lafayette, you’ll head eastward toward St. Martinville, a town rich in history and culture. Historic buildings here include St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, founded by the Acadians in 1765. The city also is home to the African American Museum, which tells of the arrival of Africans and development of the Free People of Color community in Louisiana. The trip northward, back to Breaux Bridge, takes you through sugar cane fields and past the St. John Sugar Mill. (For an alternative route, take Highway 96 to Highway 345 and loop around to Highway 679, then back to 96 and the Section 28 Road.)