Follow the Mississippi down south to New Orleans, on the Gulf of Mexico, a city synonymous with jazz, the blues and Creole cuisine.
New Orleans is famous for its jazz, the extravagant carnivals and parades, and the ‘Big Easy’ lifestyle. The atmospheric French Quarter is filled with the strains of jazz and blues echoing through the streets. Bourbon Street, famous for the annual Mardi Gras, comes to life at night as it plays host to a giant street party throbbing with music, people and excellent restaurants; the party atmosphere fuelled by the bars that stay open all night.
In addition to all the partying, New Orleans has plenty of serious sightseeing options to offer. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is a great place to experience ‘bayou life’ in Louisiana. It offers a variety of activities, including bayou cruises from the Acadian Cultural Centre and paddlewheel boat trips from New Orleans to the historic Chalmette Battlefield sites. New Orleans itself is full of interesting museums. The Audubon Insectarium is a fine example, located in Custom House, the historic, white marble columned structure on Canal Street, it houses over 900,000 species of insects. The small but fascinating New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum has artefacts and exhibits depicting the history of the practice in the region.
New Orleans-Many a visitors love affair with New Orleans begins after a bite of these crusty hero sandwiches made from fresh French bread slathered with mayonnaise and crammed with fried Gulf oysters or shrimp.
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New Orleans-The French Quarters heart and soul is a must-see, boasting a statue of Andrew Jackson at its center and a ragtag collection of artists and fortune-tellers fringing its perimeter. Its flanked by the filligreed Pontalba apartments, site of the Streetcar-Named-Desire-inspired Stella! shouting contest held during the annual Tennessee Williams Festival.