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Baton Rouge State Capitol

Baton Rouge State Capitol

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Horace Wilkinson Bridge

Horace Wilkinson Bridge

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Baton Rouge

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Hemmed in as it is by endless industrial plants, Baton Rouge doesn't look like much from the road. Yet government-history enthusiasts will want to stop here on their way through the south Louisiana countryside. Baton Rouge, the state capital, has several interesting and readily accessible sights, including the attractive capitol grounds and an educational planetarium. This is the city from which the colorful, cunning, and often corrupt Huey P. Long ruled the state; it is also the site of his assassination. Even today, more than 80 years after Long's death, legends about the controversial governor and U.S. senator abound.The parishes to the north of Baton Rouge are quiet and bucolic, with gently rolling hills, high bluffs, and historic districts. John James Audubon lived in West Feliciana Parish in 1821, tutoring local children and painting 80 of his famous bird studies. In both terrain and traits, this region is more akin to north Louisiana than to south Louisiana—which is to say, the area is very Southern.

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The Old State Capitol Tells Historic Tales
The Old State Capitol Tells Historic Tales

Explore this Gothic-style “castle” overlooking the Mississippi River to learn about Louisiana’s sometimes-scandalous political past.

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Get a Glimpse of World War II Naval Life
Get a Glimpse of World War II Naval Life

Faithfully restored to its 1945 appearance, the destroyer USS Kidd allows visitors to go belowdecks where hundreds of sailors lived and worked.

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Experience Authentic Daily Life in the Antebellum Era
Experience Authentic Daily Life in the Antebellum Era

Guides at Magnolia Mound Plantation share their knowledge of early Louisiana history while showing visitors this 1791 French Creole house and gardens.

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Secrets of Top Hotel Cleaners

What housekeeping pros want you to know about their job.

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Bluebonnet Swamp, a Family-Friendly Outdoors Adventure
Bluebonnet Swamp, a Family-Friendly Outdoors Adventure

Walk through a 103-acre cypress wetland where wildlife abounds. View animals close-up at staff-led nature programs. You may get to pet an alligator!

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How to Stay Safe on a Cruise Ship

Taking responsibility for your own safety, follow these tips for a safe cruise ship vacation.

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Enjoy Historic, Slow-Paced St. Francisville
Enjoy Historic, Slow-Paced St. Francisville

A short drive north of Baton Rouge, this town is known for its plantations. Tour beautiful Rosedown, or The Myrtles, reputed to be haunted.

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