The capital and second largest city in Louisiana, Baton Rouge (French for “Red Stick”), is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. The city’s historical significance comes from its strategic site upon the Istrouma Bluff upriver from the Mississippi River Delta. At one time the city was the heart of plantation country and this era can be viewed from the observation deck of the Capitol Building, or take a tour of the city and check out the points of interest. There are many other things to see and do in the beautiful city, which truly is the heart of Louisiana.
10. LSU Hilltop Arboretum
Located on Highland Road, the LSU Hilltop Arboretum is an arboretum owned by Louisiana State University. It is open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours. The original layout of the garden was designed to form a cathedral with a great hall or nave and hallways running in all directions to other rooms and on to others with niches and passageways. Grassy plots served as the naves and other rooms while trees, shrubs and bamboo form the walls and old tree trunks served as the pillars. The wide variety of trees both flowering and not, bamboos, and shrubbery are beautiful and spread across 14 acres. You can cross the old footbridge which crosses a 20 ft. deep ravine before entering the beautiful tree canopied cathedral. You can get lost in the natural atmosphere while strolling through this amazing arboretum.