As spring draws near, and the days begin to warm, people everywhere in Louisianna will be craving to get out and enjoy the sunshine. If you need a little getaway but are saving your vacation days for summer, spring is an excellent time of year to take mini day trips to get your fix. Preferring to travel farther away for vacations, many people miss out on fun destinations that are local or nearby. Some even live their whole lives in one area without ever exploring unique hidden treasures that their own city has to offer.
Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas have many unique places to check out and explore that aren’t more than a day’s ride away. Just remember to keep a road trip kit in your car for any emergencies that might arise. It’s easy to dismiss the necessities when you are only going on a short trip, but nothing ruins a day worse than a broken-down car. Some emergency kits will have everything you need to get back on the road in a jiffy, but for more significant emergencies, it’s smart to keep a local towing service number on hand. Some tow truck companies don’t just offer the usual towing services but provide roadside assistance as well.
Something to consider to make your mini day trip a little more exciting is renting a car. Many car rental companies keep unique cars on hand precisely for this purpose. When it’s beautiful out, you don’t want to be cooped up in the same old car that you’re used to driving every day. Instead, consider renting a convertible, or even a Jeep, so you can soak up the sun and feel the wind in your hair as you drive around.
When you truly only have a day to spare or are perhaps trying to hit up multiple spots in one weekend, you don’t want to spend all of your time driving. These destinations are close-at-hand, making it easy to pop over and back for the day.
Home of the South’s largest existing antebellum mansion, Nottoway Plantation and Resort, is an enchanting historical treasure. Completed in 1859, the 31-acre resort offers plenty to delight and entertain. Experience a guided costumed tour through the mansion, or enjoy the flexibility of a self-guided audio tour. After your tour, enjoy some classic Louisiana cuisine at the Mansion Restaurant, and then make your way over to the museum to learn more about the history of the plantation. If you’ve got the time to spare, stay overnight in one of their elegantly appointed rooms and enjoy a dip in the pool or work up a sweat on the tennis courts. Seated just along the Louisianna Great River Scenic Byway, this historical gem is a can’t miss.
Considered to be Louisianna’s hidden jewel, St. Francisville is a charming town seated atop a narrow ridge overlooking the Mississippi River. You can start your morning by visiting Oakley or Rosedown Plantation before making your way down into town. Situated in the heart of plantation country, St. Francisville has 7 historic homes and plantations to visit, but Oakley and Rosedown, having been restored, have the most to offer. From there you can easily spend the rest of your day meandering the streets in town enjoying the many antique shops, cafes, bookstores and more.
The Parish of Livingston encompasses more than just the town of Livingston itself. On the westside, you can shop to your heart’s content at one of the many antique shops in Downtown Denham Springs. If nature and exploring the great outdoors is more up your alley, you can venture up north where you can go Tiki Tubing down the Amite River. For those with interest in more scientific matters, you can check out the site of a supposed meteorite crash in St. Helena, followed by a tour of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.
Located about 30 miles northwest of Baton Rouge is New Roads, the parish seat of Pointe Coupee Parish. Point Coupee was originally founded by French settlers and is one of the oldest communities in the Mississippi. There are plenty of quaint shops, cafes, and art galleries to entertain in this charming little district. However, if you’re more drawn to the water on warm sunny days, then False River is the place to be. The 11 mile-long oxbow shaped lake is what makes New Roads so popular, offering fishing, sailing, water skiing, and more.
If you do end up having car troubles on your day trip, don’t fret. When you’re doing a lot of driving in one day, especially if temperatures are high, it’s not uncommon for cars to break down.
The first thing you should do when you’re having car troubles is to pull over if possible. Staying in the middle of the road increases the chances of being hit by another car. If your vehicle can’t be moved, you should get out and stand out of the way on the side of the road or somewhere else nearby and away from oncoming traffic. Once you are out of the way, call for roadside assistance. While waiting for help to arrive, be sure to remain visible and stay off your phone, so you don’t drain the battery.
Guy’s Towing is more than just your average tow truck company. Our drivers are trained to handle a number of situations to offer you the quality roadside assistance you deserve. Our emergency services are available any time, day or night. For the best roadside assistance and towing services Baton Rouge has to offer, call Guy’s Towing Service today!