The most direct route to drive to New Orleans is on I-10. The route is about 82 miles. Another route would be to take I-12 east to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Take Exit 63. The drive across the lake is about 24 miles and is the longest bridge over water in the world. This drive allows fabulous views of the lake as you traverse the bridge.
By Bicycle or Walking
The trip by bicycle will be mostly flat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Google Maps details a route from Baton Rouge to New Orleans that is 94 miles long and slated to come in under 8 hours.
Bike Baton Rouge has three routes they detail on their website. These trails are of various lengths. The "Fast & Furious" is about 86 miles. The other two are 106 and 132 mile respectively. These two follow the Mississippi River – one on the east side and one on the west side.
There are a number of walking trails in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. No formal walking trails between the two cities have been established. However, you could easily follow the biking routes. Walking may as much as 26 hours so plan accordingly.
A visit to Louisiana will make a lasting impression. So many cultures converging in one area; the sights, sounds and tastes will electrify your senses. Plan your trip and take in all that Baton Rouge and New Orleans have to offer.
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