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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA skyline from Louisiana State Capitol. (Photo via SeanPavonePhoto / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Baton Rouge

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As the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge offers travelers a blend of Creole and Cajun influences on everything from the delectable local cuisine to the thriving art scene.  The unique architecture ranges from neo-gothic to modern, which can be seen in any Baton Rouge building such as the historic State Capitol or the beautiful Nottoway Plantation.  This large city’s rich history seeps through every aspect of culture and daily life, from Mardi Gras festivals to the many downtown blues and jazz clubs that dot the streets.

Baton Rougehas an ever-expanding visual arts scene.  The Shaw Center for the Arts, located on Lafayette Street, is a large performing arts venue with an education center and fine arts museum.  The center also includes the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, as well as the LSU School of Art Gallery.  Another prominent facility in Baton Rouge is the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, which contains a planetarium, and traveling fine arts exhibits.

Truly experiencing Baton Rouge means diving head-first into the soul of the city: the food.  Whether it’s Cajun crawfish, Andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya or homemade beignets, you can taste the French, island and Spanish influences that make up authentic Louisiana cuisine.  For the best in authentic Louisiana fare, Jubans tops the list. Don’t let the strip mall location deter you from this one-of-a-kind Cajun bistro serving up dishes like leg of rabbit with cornbread stuffing and Creole blackened tuna. For killer barbecue, check out Voo Doo BBQ & Grill, or for mouth-watering Mexican, head over to Izzo’s Killer Burrito.

Served by Delta, Continental, Northwest and American Airlines, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) is located in the northern part of the city. The public transportation of the city is provided by the Capital Area Transit System (CATS), and is a system of buses and trolleys that run throughout Baton Rouge. There are also taxis and rental cars available to navigate around the city.

Baton Rougehas a humid subtropical climate, with mild winters and hot summers. Due to the proximity to the coast, the city is also prone to have hurricanes and heavy rainfall at times throughout the year. In the winter months, the average high temperature stays around 60° F (15.5° C) and a low of 40° F (4.4° C). Summertime temperatures have an average high of 90° F (32.2° C), yet can feel much warmer with the humidity. The best times of the year to travel to Baton Rouge are during later winter-early spring and autumn, when humidity is down and both tourists and locals flock outdoors to enjoy this southern city’s natural charm.