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Louisiana State Capitol
Vacation Travel Guide

Enjoy sweeping city views from the observation deck of this art deco tower, which has witnessed significant moments in Louisiana’s history.

Louisiana State Capitol is an eye-catching skyscraper that looms over the northern edge of downtown Baton Rouge. Rising to a height of 450 feet (137 meters), the building is the city’s tallest landmark and the tallest capitol building in the U.S. Visit the Louisiana State Capitol to admire its architecture, see its ornate reception halls and appreciate uninterrupted city views.

Inaugurated in 1932, the skyscraper was the brainchild of former governor Huey P. Long and replaced the Old State Capitol. Today, it houses the administrative offices and chambers of the Louisiana State Legislature. In 1935, local physician Dr. Carl Weiss shot Huey Long at the close of a legislative session. A memorial statue of Long faces the building from State Capitol Park.

Stand outside the building and gaze up at its 34-story art deco structure. Look for artistic features such as allegorical busts, reliefs and sculptures of Louisiana’s state symbols. Approach the entrance via the grand 49-step staircase. Pay attention to the names of the 50 states of the U.S. engraved into the steps. On either side of the staircase are statues that represent Louisiana’s early settlers and pioneers.

Once inside you can peek into the capitol’s chambers and halls. Most notable is the Memorial Hall, which has a relief map of Louisiana embedded in its floor. Marvel at the ornate décor of the House Chamber, Senate Chamber and Speaker’s Office when not being used for official purposes.

Take the elevator to the viewing platform situated on the 27th floor. Gaze over Baton Rouge’s rooftops and along the Mississippi River. Admire the perfectly manicured lawns of State Capitol Park and Arsenal Park.

Located in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Capitol is less than a 20-minute walk from major city attractions. Among these are Baton Rouge River Center, Old State Capitol and Shaw Center for the Arts. Metered street parking is available on the south side of State Capitol Park.

The building is open daily, except for select public holidays, and admission is free. Ask at the welcome desk about free guided tours of the building and gardens.

Top Hotels Close to Louisiana State Capitol

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
4 out of 5
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $98 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge River Center, and Belle of Baton Rouge ...

4.1/5Very Good! (988 reviews)

"Very comfortable room and friendly staff. Nice place to stay."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
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WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $111 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts and Baton Rouge River Center. Tiger Stadium and Louisiana ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (476 reviews)

"The overall stay was amazing !!! quiet, neat, Clean and Swanky 😍😍😍"…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

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Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
3 out of 5
260 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $105 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge River Center, and Belle of Baton Rouge ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (186 reviews)

"Site was very clean and well kept. Definitely will be booking another stay very soon!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
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Best Lodging Options Near Louisiana State Capitol

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
4 out of 5
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $98 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
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WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $111 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
3 out of 5
260 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $105 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
2.5 out of 5
462 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $93 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $295 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
2.5 out of 5
400 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $90 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
3.5 out of 5
200 Convention St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $99 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
Perfect Downtown Spot Quick to LSU, I-10, Mid-City
Perfect Downtown Spot Quick to LSU, I-10, Mid-City
Baton Rouge, LA
Perfect Downtown Spot Quick to LSU, I-10, Mid-City
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
3.5 out of 5
102 France St, Baton Rouge, LA
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.