New Orleans is the most celebrated city of the American South, and the largest city in Louisiana, as well as the state's top visitor destination. The city has a reputation for historical roots, hot and muggy weather, great food, great music, and great times. Despite being hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in late 2005, New Orleans is still the tourist hot-spot it always has been. Jazz music still rules the city's streets and there's still a bit of Mardi Gras all year round.
It is a major U.S. port. New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The boundaries of the city and Orleans Parish are the same. The city is named after Philippe II, Duc d'Orleans, Regent of France. Louis Armstrong is a famous New Orleans jazz musician.
New Orleans is home to one of the largest and busiest ports in the world, and metropolitan New Orleans is a center of maritime industry. The New Orleans region also accounts for a significant portion of the nation's oil refining and petrochemical production, and serves as a white collar corporate base for onshore and offshore petroleum and natural gas production.
New Orleans is known for a host of attributes like its famous Creole food, abundant alcohol, music of many styles, nearby swamps and plantations, 18th & 19th century architecture, antiques, gay pride, streetcars, museums. Nicknamed the Big Easy, New Orleans has long had a reputation as an adult oriented city. However, the city also offers many attractions for families with children and those interested in culture and the arts. It is a city with a majority Roman Catholic population owing to its European origins.
Famous festivals like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest bring in tourists by the millions, and are the two times of the year when one needs to be sure to book well in advance to be sure of a room. The city also hosts numerous smaller festivals and gatherings like the French Quarter Festival, Creole Tomato Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, the Essence Festival hosted by the magazine, Halloween parading and costume balls, Saint Patrick's Day and Saint Joseph's Day parading, Southern Decadence, and so many more. The city takes almost any occasion for an excuse for a parade, a party, and live music, and in New Orleans most events often have a touch of Mardi Gras year round. Like they say, New Orleanians are either planning a party, enjoying one or recovering from one. Party down!
Nick Names of the City :
* America's Favorite City
* America's International City
* America's Most Interesting City
* America's Most European City
* America's European Masterpiece
* The Big Easy
* Birthplace of Jazz.
* City of Festivals
* City of Mystery
* City of the Chefs
* The Crescent City
* The City that Care Forgot
* The Gateway to the Americas.
* Mardi Gras City
* New York of the South
* The Paris of Americas
* Paris of the South
* Queen City of the South
* The Queen of the Mississippi
* Saint City
* Super Bowl City.
Driving Distances :
82.7 mi ~ 1 hr 21 mins from Baton Rouge, LA
186 mi ~ 2 hrs 55 mins from Jackson, MS
200 mi ~ 3 hrs 8 mins from Pensacola, FL
343 mi ~ 5 hrs 21 mins from Birmingham, AL
342 mi ~ 5 hrs 21 mins from Shreveport, LA
347 mi ~ 5 hrs 25 mins from Houston, TX.
Map position is Latitude: 29.954 Longitude: -90.073.
* French Quarter: the oldest, most famous, and most visited section of the city. Most tourists will want to center their visit here. Those who explore other parts of town as well will find the city offers additional treats. Many old-line restaurants are in the Quarter, along with music clubs, museums, antiques shops, and drinking establishments. Bourbon Street's notorious nightlife.
Detailed listings of attractions are mentioned in the Districts sections listed above. Highlights include:
* Historic architecture in neighborhoods
- Ornate colonial French and Spanish in The French Quarter
- Victorian mansions Uptown.
* Historic cemeteries are in the Uptown, Treme, and Mid-City areas.
* the Superdome, in the Central Business District. 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA.
* Museums and Aquarium of the Americas, Central Business District.
* New Orleans Museum of Art and City Park in Mid-City.
Apt 1, 317 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA.
* the Mississippi River - great views from the French Quarter, the Algiers ferry, and the Audubon Zoo "Butterfly" park Uptown.
* St. Louis Cathedral holds regular celebrations of the Catholic Mass.
* Occult and Voodoo Destinations
- The Alombrados Encampment hosts the Gnostic Mass and frequent classes on Magick
- Island of Salvation Botanica distributes Voodoo goods and holds Voodoo ceremonies
- Starling Books and Crafts and Esoterica supply excellent wares, herbs, and oils.
* National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA.
* Jackson Square, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA.
* Woldenberg Park & Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA.
* Preservation Hall, 726 Saint Peter Street, New Orleans, LA.
* Jean Lafitte National Park Office, 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA.
* Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA.
* Hermann-Grima-Gallier Historic, 1132 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA.
* New Orleans Steamboat Company, 400 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA.
* Longue Vue House & Gardens: Main Office, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA.
* Crescent City Brewhouse, 527 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA.
* Save Our Cemeteries, 501 Basin Street, New Orleans, LA.
* New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, 724 Dumaine Street, New Orleans, LA.
* Grayline of New Orleans, Inc., 2 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA.
* St Louis Cemetery, 3421 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA.
* Audubon Nature Institute: Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA.
* City Park, 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA.
* French Quarter Festival, 400 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA.
* Stroll historic neighborhoods look at the architecture and businesses, and people watch in the French Quarter, Uptown, Carrollton.
* Streetcar rides St. Charles Avenue (green cars) is the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the U.S.; the Canal Street route also provides a pleasant ride.
* Riverboat cruises - short or long cruises, some of which have quite good jazz bands on board. Enjoy the Steamboat Natchez Riverboat Cruise.
* River ferry - the budget alternative to riverboats, take the free pedestrian ferry from the foot of Canal Street across the Mississippi to Algiers Point and back for a great view of the river, downtown, and the Quarter.
* Walking tours including voodoo, jazz history, French Quarter, or Garden District ones.
* Bicycle Tours for history, architecture, or hurricane damage.
* Casino gambling at Harrah's next to the Quarter in the Central Business District.
8 Canal St, New Orleans, LA.
* Antique shopping up & down Royal St in the Quarter or Magazine Street Uptown.
* Cooking Classes - learn how to cook meals like a local when you return home.
* Royal Carriages - Take a carriage ride while you're in New Orleans.
* Attend Mardi Gras - The two weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday is a period of celebration in the city, with parades and parties throughout.
* Mardi Gras World - with thousands of sensational sculptured props and breath-taking giant figures -- it's the place where Mardi Gras is made.
* Museums Museum highlights include: National World War II Museum (formerly D-Day Museum), Central Business District. New Orleans Museum of Art, Mid-City; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Central Business District; French Quarter museum highlights include the Cabildo and Presbetere history museums, The Old Mint, and several house museums.
* Cities of the Dead - Historic cemeteries.
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