Explore Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana, lying on the eastern bank of the meandering Mississippi River. It is at the head of deepwater navigation on the Mississippi and the city embraces its links with its great river, Modern buildings mix with antebellum architecture and plantation homes. The place was owned by a series of European colonists, France, Britain, and Spain. Its name (French for “red stick”) is said to symbolize the distinctive red cypress tree that grew in the early settlement. Other theories suggest that it comes from blood-smeared poles left by the Native Americans to designate their territory.
When to visit Baton RougeAverage daily July temperatures are spectacularly hot and humid at 91ºF but a good time to cool off at Blue Bayou Water Park and stay at a hotel at Blue Bayou; January temperatures are mild at 61ºF and spring in general is a great time to travel to Baton Rouge.
How to get to Baton RougeThe nearest airport is Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (MKE) but the state's major airport is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), an hour away to the southeast. The city is served by Greyhound buses. I-10 and I-12 are the major highways and there's an efficient metropolitan transport system to take you to your hotel downtown.
Baton Rouge attractionsThe landmark building is the art deco 34-story State Capitol (1932), commissioned by Huey Long who was assassinated in the building in 1935. No less impressive is the Old State capitol, a white crenellated structure by the river. Other attractions include Samuel Clemens riverboat trips, riverboat casinos, and the USS Kidd moored on the Mississippi, and which forms part of the Louisiana Naval Museum.
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