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You can begin your tour at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen. The museum offers an interesting look at a sugar planter's home and slave cabin, and you can watch a sugar mill at work. From there you’ll head northward along the west side of the Mississippi River through Louisiana's Plantation Country. The route passes several plantation homes built in the 1700s and 1800s, including Monte Vista, Catherine and Smithfield plantations. Most are surrounded by lush fields of sugar cane.

Traffic should be light on most of the route, though it will increase as you enter New Roads. Take some time in this lovely community to see some of the historic buildings, have a meal at one of the excellent local restaurants and take in the scenery along beautiful False River, which once was a loop of the Mississippi and now is a hub for fishing, boating and other recreation.