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The best way to see Baton Rogue in one day is to begin your adventure downtown. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest starting with the Louisiana State Capitol building and its surrounding monuments. If you have little ones with you, make a visit to the kid-friendly Louisiana Art & Science Museum or the Rural Life Museum where you can walk through an authentic 19th-century plantation. After noshing on a po’ boy and some oysters for lunch at any corner café, head out to Great River Road for a winding trip along the Mississippi. You’ll pass the gorgeous old plantations of the wealthy sugar barons who once reigned here (you’ll also see the homes starkly contrast with the large petrochemical works along the river). There are a slew of charming country outposts where you can indulge in some shrimp or crawfish — our low-key favorite for a snack is The Cabin Restaurant in Gonzales. End your day back in Baton Rogue and watch the sun set over the bayous before a stellar Louisiana-style dinner at Juban’s.