Baton Rouge is the capital and second largest city in Louisiana. Baton Rouge dates from 1699, when French explorer Sieur d’Iberville leads an exploration party up the Mississippi River. Since then, Baton Rouge has been governed by France, England (UK), Spain, Louisiana, the Florida Republic, the Confederate States, and the United States. Baton Rouge became Louisiana’s state capital in 1849.
The city is about 80 miles west of New Orleans and often called simply “Red Stick.” Baton Rouge is home to the action of LSU and SU athletics, legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine, a booming film and television industry, fascinating plantation tours, Mardi Gras thrills and attractions, events and festivals for everybody in the family. And if one wants to avoid the Carnival Season craziness of New Orleans, many forget that Baton Rouge has it’s own Mardi Gras season with huge floats, fancy balls and great times.
Dining in Baton Rouge can be a delight with Cajun and Creole, Continental, fresh Gulf seafood, famous Louisiana Beef and more. All the standard chain eateries are well represented too. For shoppers, the city offers the usual large chain stores found in most any large American city. The Mall of Louisiana is a popular destination with fine shopping, dining, special events and more.
“Baton Rouge is humid-subtropical, with mild winters, hot and humid summers, moderate to heavy rainfall, and the possibility of damaging winds and tornadoes yearlong. Baton Rouge’s proximity to the coastline exposes the metropolitan region to hurricanes. Snow is fairly rare, although it has snowed for two consecutive years, on 11 December 2008, and again on 4 December 2009.” Climate summary from Wikipedia
Baton Rouge is served by Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Public transportation is bus and taxi. Some buses are equipped with bike racks.
Baton Rouge is considered a safe city, Normal precautions apply.
Baton Rouge population is 227,017 (2007).
1 is the international calling code for the United States.
225 is the area code for Baton Rouge.
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