Creole Nature Trail
Length: 180 miles
Recommended drive time: One to two days
Scenery: Although Hurricane Rita erased many of Cameron Parish’s beach communities from the map, the magnificent bayous and marshes that surround the Creole Nature Trail are teeming with life (of the wild variety). Make mandatory stops for three things along this All-American Road: crossing gators, bird watching and the best Cajun grub in the country.
Stretch your legs at: Holly Beach
Cultural diversion: Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu
Required listening: Buckwheat Zydeco, "Lay Your Burden Down"
Remember that town called … Sulphur, Hackberry?