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Lafayette LA

Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana Amtrak Station Lafayette, Louisiana Amtrak Station

Left photo courtesy of John Franks
Right photo courtesy of Pat Simmons

133 East Grant Street, Lafayette 70501

February 29, 2008

Tell 'Em How You Feel


  • Amtrak President Alex Kummant, President and CEO National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) 60 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002
  • Amtrak Board of Directors
Lafayette is the business capital of south central Louisiana, the heart of Cajun Country and the cultural center of Acadian heritage.

The Amtrak stop in Lafayette Louisiana consists of a waiting area, but is not staffed. Amtrak's Sunset Limited is the only train that stops in Lafayette, three days a week. The station burned in May 2001 and was rebuilt the following year.

There is limited parking at the stop, but no telephone. There appears to be no public transit to the station. The building is open weekdays, but closed on Sundays. Not a serious problem, since trains only stop there on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays westbound, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Sundays eastbound.

You'll discover the rich history of the French, Spanish and Caribbean settlers. These diverse cultures come together, creating art and architecture, music and dance, food and celebrations and a "Joie de Vivre" that will start your mouth a waterin' and your foot a tappin.'

Home of the internationally known Festivals Acadiens, which is held the second weekend in October and the Festival de Louisiane, held in April, are a tribute to and celebration of Cajun/Creole art and music.

Lafayette is home of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the second largest university in the state. The Center for Louisiana Studies houses the largest collection of Louisiana folklore archives in the State and attracts scholars from Harvard to Stanford.

Tourism as a program of study of the College of Applied Life Sciences at the University boasts a Hospitality Management program that uses the culture and environment of the region as a basis for hotel, restaurant, and tourism management. Paul Prudhomme and numerous world-renowned chefs, including the Culinary Olympic Team of the United States, have been featured guest lecturers.

If you're planning a trip to Lafayette by Amtrak you'll find the city accessible and accommodating to tourist, student and business traveler alike. There's something for everyone in Lafayette so prepare to be educated and entertained. A great place for a weekend trip on Amtrak's Sunset Limited, Lafayette has a festival practically every week!


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