Situated upriver 70 mi/110 km northwest of New Orleans and home to many New Orleanians since Katrina, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is currently the most populous city in the state, a burgeoning Mississippi River port city and Louisiana's political capital.
Gov. Huey Long—populist or dictator, depending on your viewpoint—built the art-deco-style Capitol there as well as the political system that made Louisiana what it is. (Long is buried in the Capitol garden, not far from where he was assassinated... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2016 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.