New Orleans is fabulous travel destination. Located in Louisiana, the city is famous for its natural beauty. However, it is the city's French Quarter that draws many visitors, who come to see historic homes with wrought iron balconies and old-fashioned shutters. The city has an ethnically diverse population. Of course, Mardi Gras is most commonly associated with the city, but it offers a lot more.
The French Quarter
The French Quarter in New Orleans known for its charming boutiques, street vendors and fine art fairs. Try to visit the area during the weekends when local artists exhibit their artwork along the streets. In addition, you can enjoy live music, street performers and many mimes. Be sure to visit the clubs in the area to enjoy the lively music scene of the city, especially Jazz. Some of the clubs in the French Quarter have been operating since the 19th century.
The square's neat and pristine lawns are wonderful to stroll in, or you can visit the magnificent St. Louis Cathedral, which is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the country. There is a statue of Andrew Jackson riding a horse, and it makes for a great photo opportunity.
The French Market
The French Quarter is famous for its French Market where local farmers come to sell their fresh produce in an open-air setting. This is the perfect place to pick up fresh and traditional New Orleans spices and sauces which make great gifts for friends and family.
St. Charles Streetcar
New Orleans is renowned for its streetcars, and many visitors love the experience of riding them. However, the St. Charles Streetcar is special. The locals call it the moving national monument. This streetcar's route starts from just outside the French Quarter; and it passes through the Garden District and then it moves past the Tulane University and many historic homes. The trip takes 90 minutes and covers a distance of 13 miles. It is worth riding on this tram to get a quick glimpse of the city's beautiful attractions.
The Aquarium of Americas
Adults and kids will love this aquarium, which is an integral part of the Audubon Nature Institute. Here you can see many rare marine species, including clownfish, anacondas, bonnet-headed shark and piranhas. In addition, the aquarium is also home to some warm weather penguin species, like the Rockhopper penguin and African penguin.
This museum has the honor of being the oldest in the state. It was built in 1891 and used to store artifacts, records and other items from the American Civil War. Today, the museum brings to life aspects of the Confederate Army, including uniforms, weapons, swords, bullets and guns.
Take a boat tour along the Mississippi in one of the paddlewheel steamboats that are still operating. Some of the tours go all the way to La Place, where you can take a plantation tour. Of course, the boat tours are entertaining by themselves, as they offer dinner, dancing and live Jazz music.
Visit the Oak Alley Plantation and find out a bit more about New Orleans plantations that were prevalent centuries ago.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting the Longue Vue House and Gardens and enjoy the natural beauty.
Take cemetery tour of the city to see if you find any ghosts or supernatural beings. This is definitely not for the faint hearted!
I hope your next trip to New Orleans is a nice one and you have a chance to experience some if not all of these attractions.
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