Explore Louisiana's Best Parks And Pizzerias On This Multi-Day Road Trip
Pizza is always a good idea. Road trips are always a good idea. Spending time in a park is always a good idea. When you have so many good ideas at once, why not combine them for one epically delicious road trip?
This particular road trip in Louisiana will take you to some of the most scenic parks in the state, as well as some of the best places to grab a slice of pizza. Go ahead and combine the two and get your pizza to-go so you can enjoy it at one of these awesome parks. Plus, there are lots of convenient Best Western Hotels in Louisiana where you can enjoy some quality rest in between stops. Ready to start exploring? Let’s go!
1. Pizza Man
The Pizza Man of Covington, 1248 N Collins Blvd, Covington, LA 70433, USA
We begin our road trip in St. Tammany Parish at one of the most family-friendly pizzerias in Louisiana, Pizza Man. They've been cranking out the best pizza on the Northshore since 1976, and one of the biggest perks to this hidden gem is getting to watch the pizza man himself make your pizza right before your very eyes.
2. Bogue Falaya Park
Bogue Falaya Wayside Park, 213 Park Dr, Covington, LA 70433, USA
This scenic little park has some impressive waterfront views of the Bogue Falaya River, plus several playgrounds for the kids to enjoy. There are several picnic benches around the park, so if you have some leftovers from Pizza Man, this would be a great place to enjoy it!
At this point, you can either book a room at the Best Western Covington or if you want to drive for a little bit longer, the Denham Spring Best Western is less than an hour away.
3. Fleur de Lis Pizza
Fleur de Lis Pizza, 5655 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806, USA
Fleur de Lis Pizza has been a neighborhood favorite for those in the Greater Baton Rouge Area since 1946. There are two important things you should know before you go: they cut the pizza into squares and it's cash only.
4. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, 5400 Levee Rd, St Martinville, LA 70582, USA
Our next stop on this epic road trip in Louisiana brings us into the heart and soul of the Atchafalaya River Basin, the nation's largest river swamp. You've seen a good chunk of it along the drive, so now it's time to stretch your legs at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park. The 6,000-acre state park is a treasure trove for nature lovers, and you'll thoroughly enjoy working off some of that pizza walking around the scenic nature trails.
5. Deano’s Pizza
Deano's Pizza Bertrand, 305 Bertrand Dr, Lafayette, LA 70506, USA
Next stop: Deano's! This family-run eatery in Lafayette has been perfecting the art of pizza since 1971, so of course we had to include it on this list. Build your own from scratch or try one of their specialty pizzas... who knows, you might just find blue point crabs a pizza topping you can't live without!
After exploring so many parks and eating all the pizza you can in one day, you can stay the night at the Best Western in Ville Platte or the Best Western in Alexandria, both conveniently located along the route!
6. Louisiana State Arboretum
Louisiana State Arboretum State Preservation Area, 1300 Sudie Lawton Lane, Ville Platte, LA 70586, USA
Louisiana State Arboretum
is the oldest state-supported arboretum in the country, and it's filled with over 600 acres of some of the most beautiful natural landscapes Louisiana has to offer. The boardwalk trails will give you a front-row seat to the cypress-tupelo marshes, and informative signs along the way are an added perk. The arboretum is located within
Chicot State Park,
so if you want to double up on your nature fix, this is the place to do it!
7. Wildwood Pizza
Wildwood Pizza, 1260 Texas Ave #H, Alexandria, LA 71301, USA
Pizza is often meant for sharing, but the pizza at
is just too good to share, so be sure everyone gets their own. Thin and crispy is the name of the game here, and the dough is made from scratch every day. You'll be able to taste the difference.
8. Kiroli Park
Kiroli Park, 820 Kiroli Rd, West Monroe, LA 71291, USA
When it comes to family-friendly parks, few can compare to
in West Monroe. The 150-acre park has more attractions than you could shake a stick at, so make sure you carve out enough time to see them all. One of the most unique aspects of this park is that you'll find multiple playgrounds, each one designed for kids with different abilities.
9. Johnny’s Pizza
Johnny's Pizza House, 3501 Desiard Street, Monroe, LA 71203, USA
This regional chain has many locations around Louisiana, including West Monroe and Monroe. Grab a pizza loaded up with all of your favorite toppings and enjoy it at Kiroli Park!
By this point, you're probably exhausted. Book a room at either the Best Western West Monroe or the Best Western in Ruston, both conveniently located along the route. Only one stop left, and we've saved the best for last.
10. Lake Claiborne State Park
Lake Claiborne State Park, 225 State Park Rd, Homer, LA 71040, USA
Our last stop on this epic road trip brings us to the beautiful
Lake Claiborne State Park.
From fishing on the shoreline to sinking your toes in the pristine sand, this hidden gem of a park is the perfect place to end such a memorable road trip. Bring your swimsuit and treat yourself to a few laps splashing around the lake! You've earned it.
What do you think of this fun-filled road trip in Louisiana? If you plan on taking this road trip through some of the best pizza and parks in Louisiana, let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out all the
Best Westerns in Louisiana for a convenient place to stay along the way.