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Interesting Cajun communities, including Opelousas, Sunset and Grand Coteau, lie along the route from Washington south to Breaux Bridge. Washington was a thriving steamboat town in its heyday and today is home to the Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant. Opelousas is known as the “world capital of zydeco” music. Right outside of Sunset is beautiful Chretien Point Plantation, where you can tour the historic home or enjoy a mint julep on the veranda.

In Grand Coteau, see the Academy of the Sacred Heart, built in 1821 to educate the daughters of the wealthy planters and still a lovely school. In Breaux Bridge you will arrive at the “crawfish capital of the world,” which celebrates the famous crustacean every May with the Crawfish Festival. Stop for a meal and maybe a Cajun two-step in one of the local dance halls. When you head northward back toward Washington, you’ll traverse the heart of Cajun Country, through Arnaudville, Leonville and Port Barre. You’ll find lots of places to stop for food, drink and friendly chats with locals.