New Orleans

New Orleans
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Introducing New Orleans

It’s always a party in New Orleans. With its world-famous Mardi Gras parade, Jazz Fest, Caribbean Festival, thriving drag scene and spontaneous street parties, the Big Easy embraces joie de vivre like no other American city. New Orleans’s history includes periods of rule by France and Spain. Many cultures, including those of the Caribbean and parts of Africa, have shaped the city. A distinctive cuisine has emerged, made up of Creole and Cajun dishes such as spicy jambalaya, buttery oysters rockefeller and seafood gumbo, plus sweets like beignets and bananas foster. Unique to the city too is its architecture, notably the cast-iron balconies of the French Quarter.

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New Orleans attractions and sightseeing

Any trip to New Orleans involves a visit to the world-famous French Quarter. At its heart is Bourbon Street, known for its music and nightlife, as well as historic Jackson Square – today an open-air gallery for artists. Frenchmen Street offers a less touristy alternative; it’s home to NOLA’s best dance halls, jazz clubs and dive bars. New Orleans isn’t only for night owls – there are plenty of things to do and see in this eclectic city at any time of day, from boutique shopping and Mississippi River cruises to wildlife tours across the bayou.

Neighborhoods in New Orleans