Colinaz posted the following back in 2007.... Is this still a good scenic/safe drive from Houston to Lafayette?? Is there a similar scenic route from New Orleans to Jackson/Memphis?? time is not an issue and I would perfer to stay off the Interstate highways..still getting used to driving on the "wrong" side of the road ;-)...
Re: Drive from Houston to New Orleans
22 September 2007, 4:20
Agreed on Mulatte's in Breaux Bridge. It gets crowded though.
I-10 between Houston and Lafayette is numbingly dull. It's only east of Lafayette when you hit the swamp bridge that it gets reasonably interesting. You also hit a similar swamp bridge (although not as long) just west of the New Orleans area over the floodway.
There's a back way you can take that follows the coast that's pretty interesting. You get off in Winnie on TX 73, head east to Port Arthur, then south on TX 82 and over the Sabine Pass Bridge into Louisiana, through Cameron (there's a ferry east of Cameron that could cause you some delays, but it's free). 82 will drop you off in Abbeville and you can take US 167 north back to Lafayette and I-10. Or you can take LA 14 east to US 90 and take the back way into New Orleans, although it's really not that interesting. This route will add at least an hour to your drive though if not 2.
BTW, Baton Rouge has ridiculous traffic. The city doubled because of Katrina and the road system has many years before it catches up. If you don't want to sit in traffic, there are a couple of much more scenic drives you can take through the city (like Highland Road through the LSU campus) that'll at least get you off of the freeway. If you go through BR on a weekday, you will get stuck in traffic.