Stroll down Bourbon Street for splendid brew and fare, explore the World War II Museum or unwind with Zydeco tunes. Almost synonymous with Mardi Gras, New Orleans has a plentiful offering of unique experiences - discover them all, from the famous to the local favorites.
New Orleans, Louisiana is known as "the most unique city in America" and it lives up to that quote. Its uniqueness is evidenced in the architecture, music, cuisine, and its annual Mardi Gras, and other celebrations and festivals. New Orleans features attractions as varied as a World War II museum to several great live music venues. Out of the norm eats are also a specialty of this city; from Muffeletta sandwiches to authentic Creole cuisine. The night life is entertaining and a variety of musical genres a present, from Jazz and Zydeco to alternative folk rock; it's all here in New Orleans. Those looking for more relaxing activities will find it in the unique antique shops and art Museums throughout the city. Get ready for a great time at one of our New Orleans hotels.
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New Orleans is full of attractions that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Here is just a sampling of what this city has to offer.
French Quarter - One of most popular attractions in all of New Orleans is the famous French Quarter. This area features unique architecture, great food, jazz music, and unique shops.
Bourbon Street- The most popular street in New Orleans and located in the French Quarter. Bourbon Street is home to many bars, restaurants, clubs and shops. Several of the more risqué tourist attractions are located in "Upper Bourbon Street".
National World War II Museum - This museum was designated by Congress as the country's official World War II Museum and features moving personal stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive displays.
New Orleans Museum of Art - This museum is the city's oldest fine arts institution, and features a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects, the value of which is over $200 million.
New Orleans Cemeteries - New Orleans is home to elaborate cemeteries, also nicknamed "Cities of the Dead". Due to the city being built on a swamp, the dead are buried above ground in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. The most famous cemetery, St. Louis Cemetery #1, is walking distance from the French Quarter and the Downtown area.
New Orleans, Louisiana is not only famous for its beautiful scenery and historical attractions, but also its many fine restaurants. This is just a small variety of cuisine to check out on your trip to New Orleans:
Central Grocery Company - - Located in the famous French Quarter and home of the best Muffeletta sandwiches in New Orleans. Central Grocery is considered a favorite amongst the locals and New Orleans' regulars and is great for a quick bite.
Nola - A very popular restaurant with a menu featuring adaptations of New Orleans Creole and Acadian Cajun from Emiril Lagasse. Nola is located on St. Louis Street in downtown New Orleans.
Commander's Palace - A well renowned restaurant who formerly employed Emiril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme. Commander's Palace was recently rated four diamonds by AAA and featuring a wide range of dishes including: soft shelled crab, gulf shrimp, Creole, and much more.
Café Du Monde - A New Orleans landmark and great for people watching. Café Du Monde specializes in Beignets which are square French doughnut-type objects, hot and covered in powdered sugar. The café also serves coffee and is open late.
Galatoire's Restaurant - One of New Orleans' oldest and most popular restaurants. Specializing in French Creole cuisine, this French Quarter hot spot is the place to be for lunch on Fridays.
To thoroughly enjoy the restaurants on your trip to New Orleans, you'll need reservations, particularly for Commander's Palace and Nola.
Looking to spend a night on the town? Here are several recommendations that will get you started:
Kerry Irish Pub - Located on Decatur Street, the Kerry Irish Pub is a popular neighborhood bar and a favorite among locals. The pub features live music (mostly Irish and alternative folk music) seven nights a week.
Donna's - A corner bar at the very northern edge of the French Quarter. Donna's is a great spot to hear local music, including brass-band experience and a variety of jazz and blues.
Mid City Lanes Rock N Bowl - A unique club set in the middle of a bowling alley. The club is extremely popular and features music in the tradition of Zydeco. You can also bowl a few frames while enjoying your night out. The Mid City Lanes Rock N Bowl is sure to be a great experience.
Once all the sight-seeing tours are through, be sure to save some time for shopping. There are several great places for shopping in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.
Canal Palace - This shopping center is home to many exclusive stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, as well Pottery Barn, Gucci, BCBG, Brooks Brothers, Williams Sonoma, banana republic and many more. Canal palace is located at the foot of Canal Street.
French Market - This market is America's oldest public market and features over four blocks of shops. With a wide range of retail shops and booths, you are sure to find anything and everything from locally made jewelry to fresh fruit and Creole herbs and spices.
New Orleans, Louisiana is a beautiful and historic city that features attractions that vary from the romantic to the adventurous. The New Orleans area features great shopping and wonderful cuisine that will cater to everyone's tastes.
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