Traveling to WPA 2011
Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, lies in south-central Louisiana, 80 miles northwest of New Orleans and 60 miles east of Lafayette and is part of the region known as Acadiana. In Baton Rouge, the Spanish, French, Cajun, Caribbean, African-American, and Anglo heritages provide a rich mixture of music, food, architecture, and culture.
We recommend flying to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan airport (BTR). You should be able to find connecting flights from most of the major hubs. Airfare is generally the same as if you were to fly into the New Orleans International airport (MSY), although the times may not be as frequent. In addition, the security is far easier to negotiate at BTR than at MSY.
On the other hand, if you plan to spend a day or two in Acadiana, which will be well worth your while, you might choose the New Orleans International airport (MSY) or Lafayette Regional (LFT). The New Orleans airport is approximately one and a half hours east of Baton Rouge; Lafayette is 45 mins west. In both cases, I-10 is the most direct route.
If you fly in to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan airport, the hotel provides a free shuttle service. Please click on the following link for further information on travel to Baton Rouge:
Travel to Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center
Bayou Image by Irv Peckham, used by permission.