A short motor coach ride from Baton Rouge, Houmas House Plantation in Darrow features a lavish interior and gardens. Red Stick Adventure City Tours has added the attraction to its daily offerings.

Red Stick Adventures City Tours is hitting the road.

Previously offering tourists stops at downtown Baton Rouge attractions, the LSU Rural Life Museum and sites in the LSU area, the company has added daily swamp tours and plantation tours, and, on two weekend nights, haunted mystery plantation tours.

Specifically, daily tours are available to Cajun Pride Swamp Tours in LaPlace and Houmas House Plantation in Darrow. The haunted tours will venture to The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville on Friday and Saturday nights.

Red Stick Adventures has been operating step-on guide service for groups visiting the Baton Rouge region for nine years.

For more information visit redstickadventures.com/tours.

Visit the ark 

A local senior citizens' trip to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, and Creation Museum in nearby Petersburg is planned for Aug. 20-26.

The $649 cost includes transportation, lodging, most meals and all entrances to museums and other events.

For more information, call Leslie Tassin at (225) 769-5872.

N.O. popular for the Fourth

If the numbers are right, it could be a tighter squeeze in New Orleans this July Fourth weekend.

Marriott International’s Inaugural 2017 Summer Travel Trend Report says bookings for The Big Easy are up 27 percent compared to other summer weekends.

In addition, the Louisiana city is on the report's Top 5 list of most-searched destinations for that same weekend, sharing high marks with New York, Chicago, Orlando and San Diego.

The report is based on analysis of nearly 2 million Marriott.com searches and bookings in April and May for travel between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday weekends, a news release says.

Happy trails

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 3.

Visitors can take part in a ranger-led hike at Poverty Point World Heritage Site near Monroe. The hike will highlight the mounds, earthworks and nature found in the park. The event begins at 10 a.m. with an introductory video shown in the museum, followed by an approximately two-hour hike.

June 3 is also World Atlatl Day, and guests can learn about the ancient spear-throwing device and take part in a spear-throwing competition. This event begins at 1 p.m. Both the hike and atlatl competition will take place weather permitting.

The site allows visitors to experience and learn about these earthworks and the individuals who raised them from the ground between the years of 1700 and 1100 B.C. 

The $4 admission gives access to the museum, film theater, hiking trail, driving tour, tram tour (when in season) and any interpretive events taking place at the site. Children (3 and younger) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free.

Poverty Point is in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe, on La. 577. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (888) 926-5292 or follow Poverty Point World Heritage Site on Facebook.

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