New Orleans is filled to the brim with enchanting places to discover, from sprawling parks to mystical swamps. There is so much to do and see in the area in and around the city, you won't want to miss seeing any of it. One spot you need to see if you love history, nature, art, or all three is this winding oak tree trail near New Orleans on a historically preserved plantation.
Oak Alley Plantation was bought in 1925 and was turned into a nonprofit foundation in 1969 by Josephine Steward, with help from her nephew, Zeb Mayhew, Sr.
Their purpose of making it a large nonprofit was to preserve the Big House and the 25 historic acres that it sat on so that visitors from across the globe could come and learn about the working sugarcane plantations and those who lived there.
The enchanting long stretch of oak trees that lead you to the Big House will leave you in awe since the 300 years it has taken them to grow has brought them to an enormous size.
Each massive oak tree has its own name, making them valuable members of the area with actual identities.
An incredible fact is that oak trees can live to around 600 years old, making these 28 lined-up massive trees only middle-aged. Imagine how incredible they will look in the future!
If you're inspired by the natural sights, you can even start your own labyrinth of oak trees after your visit since the spot sells live oak saplings.
The property has a restaurant visitors are encouraged to dine in. You can enjoy a complete Southern breakfast to a hearty lunch or private dinner.
Oak Alley Plantation also offers modern cottages where you can get the opportunity to spend the night on the property to learn more about the history it holds. You'll really be transported into the past here.
Oak Alley Plantation
Price: $25 per adult
Address: 3645 Highway 18 (Great River Rd.), Vacherie, LA
Why You Need To Go: You can step through a portal of winding oak trees into another century to learn about the plantation's past.
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