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Travel guide to New Orleans
New Orleans is like no other place on earth. Here the laid back, slow pace of the south fuses with the intense energy of jazz and African American culture. Although the city was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, it remains the largest city in Louisiana and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the USA.
Some of the highlights of New Orleans include:
The French Quarter - The French Quarter is one of the oldest and most fascinating parts of New Orleans. It is here that most tourists base themselves and it's here that you'll find many of the city's fine old restaurants, museums, antique shops and music clubs.
Historic Neighbourhoods - New Orleans is famed for its beautiful architecture, and it's well worth taking a stroll through some of the city's historic neighbourhoods to admire it and soak up the atmosphere. As well as the French Quarter, there's Faubourg Marigny, Faubourg Tremé, Bywater, Esplanade Ridge, Uptown, Algiers Point and Carrollton.
Mississippi cruises - A visit to New Orleans just wouldn't be complete without a cruise on a riverboat. What's more, many dish out delicious New Orleans cuisine and have live jazz bands as entertainment - that's three attractions in one. You can combine a riverboat cruise with a visit to the Aquarium of the Americas.
Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve - Check out the local swamp flora and fauna with a day trip to the Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve. Tour operators can pick you up at your New Orleans hotel and take you on a Cajun style boat ride through the Louisiana swamp lands.
Historic cemeteries - New Orleans is home to a number of famous and historic cemeteries, including the famous St. Roch Cemetery. Most of the cemeteries worth visiting are in the Uptown, Tremé and Mid-City areas. The tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is in St. Louis Cemetery - an interesting and insightful slice of New Orleans.