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Situated on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Baton Rouge is a large port city in the state of Louisiana. The city is known for its music and culinary scenes, and its two universities bring vibrancy to its streets. Baton Rouge is also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Louisiana,Lafayette,New Orleans and Lake Charles.
If you’re arriving via Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport then it’s a seven-mile drive by rental car into downtown Baton Rouge. En route you could take a detour to visit Baton Rouge Zoo, home to over 1800 animals from around the globe including tigers, monkeys and bears.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Budget, Avis and National. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
Baton Rouge is known for its vibrant culinary and music scenes, as well as its culture-rich downtown area. Some of the city’s main attractions include the Louisiana State Capitol building, a striking art deco skyscraper; the Horace Wilkinson Bridge across the Mississippi river, the Shaw Center for the Arts, the USS Kidd floating museum, and the State Capitol Gardens. Tiger Stadium is also a great venue to catch a football game. The glittering Hollywood Casino is situated in a boat on the Mississippi, so feels like a slice of traditional Southern waterfront nightlife.
Iconic New Orleans, nicknamed the ‘Big Easy’ because of its laidback atmosphere, is an 81-mile drive by rental car from Baton Rouge. A city with a legendary jazz music scene and world-renowned cuisine, some of its main attractions include the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, St Louis Cathedral and the artist hub of Jackson Square. The annual New Orleans Mardi Gras is a cultural highlight.
The state of Louisiana is known as ‘Sportsman’s Paradise’ due to the abundance of outdoor activities on offer. A popular location is Jimmie Davis State Park, a 204-mile drive from Baton Rouge. It’s situated on the shore of Caney Creek Lake, a tranquil 5,000-acre reservoir, and is surrounded by forest. The park is popular with cyclists, boaters and fishers, and is known for having some of the best scenery in the state.
Boasting prairies, swampland and the legendary Mississippi river, Louisiana is wonderful to explore by hire car. If you’re travelling from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, beware of the multitude of speed traps in the city as cameras are usually hidden. Remember that the US is right-hand drive and keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the Louisiana ones before your visit.
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