New Orleans – River Road and Its Plantations

On one of the days without rain, we decided to take a drive Southwest of New Orleans along the River Road to see some plantations. We were interested primarily in Oak Alley as it seems to be one of the most photographed. So we headed down I-310 and crossed the Westbank Bridge, where we took a break to look around. The bridge itself is quite a sight so took a few images. Along the river are several oil refineries and we saw barges up and down the river. Had a chance to stop at three plantations: Laura Plantation, St. Joseph Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation. Each one wanted about $20.00 each to enter, and seeing as we wanted to see more than one, and seeing as we are somewhat cheap in that regard, settled on walking around the outside of each, which was ok. Other than going inside the mansions, we could pretty much see everything we wanted.


Westbank Bridge I-310 & River Road


Nice place to take a couple low angle portraits


Oil tankers and refinery towers – point along river between Westbank Bridge and Laura Plantation


Laura Plantation


One of several ‘shacks’ around St. Joseph Plantation


The fabled Oak Tree entry to the Oak Alley Mansion. Had to wait a bit to get a view without tourists (those pesky tourists)


So, more to come. Love to hear what you have to say about our travels.

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