Straddling the Mississippi River, Plantation Country is a region rich with fascinating chapters of Louisiana's history. Plantation homes that have become world-famous antebellum landmarks dot the winding River Road, and many are open for tours or even as inns. Small towns across the region lure visitors with historic sites, heritage museums, antique shops and art galleries. Baton Rouge serves as the region's urban hub and has a rich variety of cultural institutions and marquee attractions, from top-tier college sports to riverfront casinos to the towering state capitol building itself. To the west, the alluvial riverfront terrain changes to the rolling hills of the Florida Parishes, where vintners craft wine from Louisiana grapes, Civil War battle sites host reenactments and historic communities show the influences of 19th-century English settlers Plantation Country is also a gateway to the Atchafalaya Basin, opening the splendor and beauty of swamps and bayous to adventurous visitors.