Day Trips in New Orleans

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If you're looking for a change of pace for a day during your New Orleans vacation, a side trip from The Big Easy is your best bet. Many visitors get so caught up in exploring the most popular attractions, such as the French Quarter, they forget that the entire state of Louisiana has so much history and beauty to offer. Just a few excellent New Orleans excursions include: Cajun Country, Oak Alley, and Baton Rouge -- each with it's own mystique and distinctive attractions. Continue reading through the listings to learn about more side trips from New Orleans. 

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June 07, 2008 new by mcburton

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Baton Rouge

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If you can manage it, please do visit the State Capitol -- Baton Rouge, during your visit to New Orleans. Located roughly 80 miles northwest of New Orleans, Baton Rouge features beautiful state capitol grounds and an educational planetarium to explore, the Louisiana State Museum, the USS Kidd, the Old State Capitol, the Shaw Center for the Arts, Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens, and much more. If you're planning an overnight visit, the Marriot Baton Rouge (www.marriott.com) and Embassy Suites (www.embassysuites.com) are excellent places to stay. more..

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tel:225-381-7125
url:www.brac.org
address:Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce, 564 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge LA, 70801
email:info@brac.org

St. Francisville

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Located in St. Francisville, roughly 25 miles north of Baton Rouge and roughly 110 miles from New Orleans, is a collection of plantation homes that must be seen to be believed. Some visitors spend the night here and others come here for the day to explore the Rosedown Plantation and Gardens, the Myrtles (also home to a B&B), Oakley House and Audubon State Historic Site and Butler Greenwood Plantation. Antique shopping is popular here as well as a number of historic walking tours. If you want to check out something kind of weird (and maybe a little more..

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tel:225-635-6717
url:www.stfrancisvillechamber.com
address:St. Francisville Chamber of Commerce, West Feliciana Parish, LA

Destrehan Plantation

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Located in the lower Mississippi Valley and around 23 miles from New Orleans is the 1787 plantation house of Destrehan Plantation. In addition to lively 45-minue tours of the plantation house, the plantation also hosts period demonstrations and a fall festival featuring food, music, and crafts during the month of November. In addition to the main house and the immaculate grounds, visitors are also free to explore several smaller structures onsite. Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily.

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tel:985-764-9315
url:www.destrehanplantation.org
address:13034 River Road, Destrehan LA

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