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Beautiful homes and plantations line Highway 1 out of New Roads, including Parlange, a still-occupied 1750 French Colonial estate that sits just south of the Pointe Coupee Museum. More plantations lie along Highways 416 and 413 through the back roads of Iberville Parish, past marshy areas that are home to egrets and alligators.

After turning on Highway 411, you'll follow scenic Bayou Grosse Tete for about 20 miles, before turning on Highway 3066 along historic Bayou Plaquemine. Soon you will reach the Plaquemine Locks State Historic site, which overlooks the Mississippi River and serves as an interpretive center. From Plaquemine, follow the Great River Road alongside the Mississippi River levee. As you pass sugar cane fields and farmhouses, watch for groves of oak trees that surround plantation homes.

Nottoway, in White Castle, is one of the most spectacular of south Louisiana’s antebellum homes and worth a visit. In Donaldsonville, ride through the historic district, which harkens to days when the town was the capital of Louisiana.