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New Orleans is the largest city of the state of Louisiana and is the birthplace of jazz. Culture in this city is so rich that New Orleanians wear it proud. New Orleans has plenty to offer from its rich culture that New Orleanians wear it proud on their sleeves to stunning architecture that will take visitors’ breath away. The city is known for its lively events such as the Mardi Gras which should not be missed when visiting during this season. Check out Budget Travel USA for amazing New Orleans holiday.
When one hears New Orleans, the event Mardi Gras come to mind. This event will fill the streets of the city with a parade of dancers, floats and people in masks. It will be an experience that will be memorable when visiting to New Orleans. If you can’t make it during Mardi Gras, don’t fret. Visit the studio where local artists store the floats they make for the parade and you can even see them up close.
The French Quarter is the oldest neighbourhood in the city and it is an attraction on its own. Immerse yourself in the area’s unique architecture with a blend of Creole, French, Spanish and American styles that mix perfectly. Spend your afternoon in galleries such as the MS Rau Antiques filled with paintings, sculpture.
For avid nature lovers, head to the City Park. It is the oldest parks in the country that was built in 1854. Go for a jog, take a stroll or rent a bike as you go around the trails that pass swamps and lagoons. If history is right up your alley, a visit to the National WWII Museum is a must. The museum houses significant documents during World War II as well as massive collection of artefacts, weapons and uniforms.
There are plenty of shops around French Quarter from antiques to clothing. The area is filled with boutiques and independent shops run by locals. Art enthusiasts can splurge at galleries of local artists featuring their artwork. Shopping does not only happen in the French Quarter. Make your way to Magazine Street where a number of funky shops are located.
Nightlife in New Orleans is nothing but lively. Dance the night away at the Frenchmen Street where live bands play genres from jazz to reggae. This area gives off that old school style with its wooden decors and signs on the streets. If old school is not your style, walk towards Bourbon Street where the streets are lit by bright, neon lights. This area is ready to show you the perfect night out in the city. Bourbon Street has plenty of clubs and bars.
When in New Orleans, trying out Cajun or Creole cuisine is a must! The French Quarter is known for its local restaurants serving these cuisines. Besides jambalaya and gumbo, Po-Boy is a New Orleans tradition that every visitor should try at least one. Po-Boys are overstuffed sandwiches served on French bread that is crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. Foodies will be in ultimate food coma with the amount of food options that the city offers. Also, do not miss out and go to Café du Monde where it houses the city’s famous beignets!
New Orleans has plenty of accommodations to offer to various types of guests. There are a number of hotels that will make you feel at home away from home. The 4* Royal Sonesta Hotel is located in the heart of the city’s Bourbon Street that mixes modernity and the traditional southern flare through their décor and hospitality. If you are the type of traveller who wants a bit of personal touch added to your stay, why not stay at the historic B&Bs by local owners.
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