When in route to Houstin we always take the back road to Kinder. There is a great casino there to over night.
It also allows us to bypass that famous section of I 10 right around the Baton Rouge interchange that is so rough.
The last time we went thru the area they were redoing the back roads so I am sure they are really nice now. They come out in Beaumont,Tx, which is near where we are headed.