Grab your most comfortable pair of walking shoes and explore historic Natchitoches with the Natchitoches Historic District Walking Tour, the only self-guided walking tour book of Natchitoches, as your guide. Let me be the first to welcome you to Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. This book will help you plan before you leave home. It provides information on where to eat, sleep, shop, and what to see and do. The self-guided walking tour covers 58 sites in the Historic District. Getting from site to site is easy when using the included maps and pictures of each site. For the technologically savvy traveler, plug in the included addresses for each site into your smartphone and you will surely stay on track. The walking tour gives you the flexibility to see the sites you want to see, when you want to see them. You can spend as much or as little time at each site as you wish. Sites include: Cane River Lake, Front Street, the oldest general store in Louisiana, a reconstructed fort from the early 1700s, a sports hall of fame, sites of deadly shootouts, the site believed to hold the tomb of the founder of Natchitoches, historic eateries, parks, historic churches, the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase, and many historic homes dating from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. One of the most impressive things about the Historic District is that you can sleep in many of the historic homes, an opportunity most of us rarely get. There is no better way to get a sense of the history of Natchitoches than by staying in one of the historic homes from the walking tour. In addition, this guidebook details which restaurants in the Historic District host live local musicians on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. This book is sure to enrich your time in the Historic District.