Baton Rouge travel guide

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You're Going to Love Baton Rouge

Lousiana's state capital is a magical city which manages to blend the attractions of a large urban destination with old world historical charm, great food and cultural appeal.

Instead of staying in New Orleans, give Baton Rouge a try instead. You can use it as a base to tour the swamps of the Bayou or visit the many beautifully preserved antebellum plantations nearby like Frogmore or Magnolia Mound. And, if you need to visit the French Quarter, you can drive to the Big Easy in just over an hour.

Stay in Spanish Town, and be in Baton Rouge for one of America's most colorful Mardi Gras celebrations. Head to the Baton Rouge Blues Festival in spring or just check out the great Cajun restaurants in Beauregard. At any time of year, superb eateries like Poor Boy Lloyd, Bellue's and Rice & Roux are waiting to serve you the finest crawfish around.

So if you want to sample Cajun culture and want a safe, welcoming mid-sized urban destination, it's hard to beat Baton Rouge.

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Louisiana's Old State Capitol
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Louisiana State Capitol
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When to Visit Baton Rouge

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The best time to travel to Baton Rouge is probably spring. In March and April, the weather is fine, temperatures hover in the 70s and the city hosts events like the Zapp's Beer Festival and the Baton Rouge Blues Festival. Then again, February can also be a wonderful time to visit, not least because of the chance to catch the city's Mardi Gras festivities.

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How to Get to Baton Rouge

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Where to Stay in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge offers a fantastic mix of hotels and resort accommodation, with something for all vacationers. If you want to enjoy an authentic, luxury Southern experience, try Nottoway Resort. Housed in an antebellum mansion, the sports and spa facilities there are second to none. In the center of town, try hotels like the Hilton City Center, Red Lion Baton Rouge or the Belle of Baton Rouge, which doubles up as the city's leading casino.

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Shopping Streets

There are a couple of excellent city center malls in Baton Rouge that should have everything that shopping fans need. The largest is the Mall of Louisiana, where you'll find stores like Apple, Sears, and Aldo. Towne Center is slightly more upmarket with stores like Adler's Fine Jewelry, Gap, and Talbots available to choose from.

Groceries and Other

Shopping for groceries in Baton Rouge is simple and relatively affordable. You'll find branches of local chain Calandro's in most neighborhoods, along with national companies like Albertsons, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Expect to pay less than $2.50 for 12 eggs and $12 for a good bottle of wine (with a 10 percent sales tax added on top).

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Where to Eat in Baton Rouge

If you are looking for high-quality Cajun cuisine, Baton Rouge is a great place to be. Try the crawfish at Piccadilly's, the fried chicken fingers at Raising Cane's and the New Orleans style barbecue at VooDoo BBQ Nicholson for a variety of the region;'s favorite dishes. Poor Boy Lloyd's is a great place to stop for sandwiches, while Rice & Roux offer takeout Cajun that is handy for tourists as they hop between sights. Expect to pay $15 or less at midrange restaurants and $25 at more upscale eateries.

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