Welcome to Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded by French explores that arrived there in 1699. It was named for a red stick that the explorers found when they arrived. The red stick marked the boundary between two local Indian tribes, and so the explorers called the place Baton Rouge, which means "red stick" in French.

More than 300 years later, Baton Rouge is a popular tourist attraction for numerous reasons. It starts with the semi-tropical climate, which makes this a pleasant destination most of the year. The months of July and August should be avoided by travelers, because the temperature is often over 90 °F with 100% humidity.

There is a lot to see and do in Baton Rouge. The town is home to Louisiana State University, which is one of the largest colleges in the country. The campus is full of ivy-covered buildings over 100 years-old, and the campus is a lovely place to explore. The grounds are full of ancient, towering oak trees, and the majority of the campus is restricted for pedestrian use only. The campus really comes alive on home football Saturdays, because the LSU Tigers have one of the largest stadiums and proudest traditions in college football.

Baton Rouge is home to a large African-American population, and the African American Museum is a proud reflection on this fact. The museum is full of the history of the African experience in the United States from the days of slavery to today's hip-hop culture.

Baton Rouge is also the capital city of the state of Louisiana. The capitol building is very impressive and fun to explore. It was built in the 1930s with an Art Deco style, which makes it one of the more unique state capitol buildings in the country.

Visitors that check out the capitol building may want to explore the nearby Louisiana State Museum. This building is full of cultural and historical artifacts from around the state, including Louis Armstrong's first trumpet.

One of the biggest parts of Louisiana culture is the bayou. Visitors to Baton Rouge can explore the surrounding bayou with Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours. They take guests out on fan boats to see all the natural beauty that the bayou has to offer.

These are just a few of the great things that Baton Rouge has to offer. However, the best part of the city is the people. Travelers to Baton Rouge will be sure to enjoy the famous southern hospitality that residents of the city are famous for.