New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – it’s home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Louisiana’s very colourful city of New Orleans is overflowing with history, culture and an energy that reverberates throughout the city. Visit any time of year and you’ll find live music, amazing Creole and Cajun cuisine, fresh seafood, farmers markets, shopping, nightlife and more.  

During Mardi Gras season, the city becomes the world’s centre. Downtown transforms into an adult playground, while parades in residential areas provide children with thrilling entertainment. Each spring, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival moves the focus to the charming Gentilly area and the Fair Grounds Race Course. But no matter the time of year, New Orleans’ calendar overflows in celebration.

There is a wealth of experience for all the family in New Orleans – paddlewheel steamers, the Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, the Voodoo Museum, Mardi Gras World, air boat swamp tours, street car rides, French Quarter people-watching, Bourbon Street night life and the National D-Day Museum, for starters.

French Quarter

The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré – or the “Quarter” to local is intimate and unique. Take a horse and carriage through the area and see the elcelctic shops and the architechtural gems. Bourbon Street is steeped in history and extends 13 blocks from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue. At night it is known for its all night partying.

Canal Street is the traditional starting point for any tour of New Orleans. Head off in any direction from this downtown hub – including west toward the Mississippi River – and you are bound to see or find something of scenic or historic interest.

The Warehouse District which was once a 19th century storeage district for coffee and grain is known today as the New Orleans Arts District filled with amazing art galleries, fine restaurants, and world-class museums.

Life in New Orleans

When you have seen and heard enough of Bourbon Street experience life in New Orleans the way the locals do. Great music and food any day of the week, Faubourg Marigny has all the life and vivaciousness of a real life New Orleans neighborhood.

Algiers is a short ferry ride from the foot of Canal Street in busy downtown New Orleans to Algiers Point, but the transition is dramatic. Algiers point is New Orleans’ Brooklyn without the bustle- the place with great views of the city skyline and the Mississippi River.

Getting around New Orleans by streetcar is a great way to see the city. There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, each of which originates downtown but takes you different parts of the city.

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