331
trips planned in the last hour
8.8
out of 10
Trustscore rating
©

Ponchatoula trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Ponchatoula

Trip Planner USA  /  Louisiana  /  Ponchatoula
Ponchatoula is a small city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,559 at the 2010 census. Ponchatoula is known as the "Strawberry Capital of the World". It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryPonchatoula was originally established as a mining camp in 1820, incorporating as a town on February 12, 1861. William Akers was the first mayor and is credited with founding the town, establishing it on land he purchased from the Federal government in 1832.At the turn of the 20th century the local area changed its chief industry from lumber to commercial farming. The main produce was the strawberry. The families who were major farmers during this era, which lasted about eighty years, have their last names engraved on a large plaque in front of city hall. The Strawberry Festival's roots go back to when farmers joined to sell the spring harvest of strawberries. Today it is the second largest event in the state, after Mardi Gras.During the 1980s the local economy changed to tourism, when farming no longer earned enough to sustain the town. The mayor at the time devised a plan to open antique shops where former businesses had been located. There are still about six of these shops in operation. This gave the town a second nickname, "America's Antique City."Ponchatoula is a name signifying "falling hair" or "hanging hair" or "flowing hair" from the Choctaw Pashi "hair" and itula or itola "to fall" or "to hang" or "flowing." It was the Indians' way of expressing the beauty of the location, with much Spanish moss hanging from the trees. "Ponche" is an Indian word meaning location, object, or person. The name is eponymous with the Ponchatoula Creek, which flows from points north of the city into the Natalbany River southwest of town.
Ponchatoula is in Louisiana (LA). Discover how to plan a United States trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Ponchatoula

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Ponchatoula

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close

Recently planned trips to Louisiana

11 days in United States BY A USER FROM FRANCE January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDONESIA October, culture, outdoors, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDONESIA October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in New Orleans & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM INDONESIA October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in New Orleans BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 55 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Caribbean, Mexico & United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Memphis & New Orleans BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans