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New Orleans

Named for the Duke of Orleans and established by the French Mississippi company in 1718, new Orleans is now a major US Port and the largest city in Louisiana. New Orleans (NOLA) is located along the Mississippi River and is bounded by both Lake Pontchartrain to the North and Lake Borgne to the East. The city has much to offer the traveler with its dining and entertainment scene, history and architecture and of course, jazz and Mardi Gras celebrations. New Orleans is a city that will welcome you warmly with its southern hospitality. 5 Must-See Attractions
  1. Mardi Gras: If you find yourself in NOLA in mid-February, you’ll be visiting during the Mardi Gras celebration. Wear your purple, green and gold, grab some beads and head out into the French Quarter for all the fun.
  2. French Quarter: There is so much to do between shopping, eating, and listening to great music.
  3. Preservation Hall: Established in the 1960s to help preserve and promote traditional New Orleans jazz music, Preservation Hall features live music every night in an atmosphere appropriate for all ages.
  4. Steamboat Natchez: Take a river cruise on the historic Steamboat Natchez and go back in time during your cruise on the Mississippi River.
  5. Garden District: Featuring Greek and Italianate architecture, the Garden District, a National Historic Landmark, is a collection of some of the best-maintained Southern mansions in the country.
5 Kid Friendly Sites
  1. Louisiana Children’s Museum: With 30,000 square feet of exhibits, this hand-on museum will provide fun, entertainment and a little education for the entire family.
  2. Streetcars: Climb aboard the St. Charles Streetcar along the edge of the French Quarter and view lovely architecture, the Audubon Zoo, the Garden District and Loyola and Tulane University.
  3. Audubon Nature Institute: The zoo is ranked among the best in the country and the aquarium provides a place to cool off while you’re touring the city. Bring a swimsuit so the kids can enjoy the “Cool Zoo.”
  4. Aunt Sally’s Creole Praline Tasting Tour: Learn how this traditional New Orleans sweet treat is made; sample all of the delicious pralines and get a package to take home, all included with your admission.
  5. Preservation Hall: Hear great live jazz music in this alcohol and smoke free environment that welcomes all ages.
  5 Free Things To Do
  1. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square: One of the oldest Roman Catholic cathedrals in North America, St. Louis Cathedral has been a place of worship since the 1720s. Three churches have stood at the site, located in Jackson Square and facing the Mississippi River.
  2. Stoll along the banks of the Mississippi: Take a walk and see the many sights along the river. Stop by the outlets for some window shopping as well.
  3. Historic Cemetery Tour: All tombs in New Orleans are above ground due to ground water issues. One of the most famous and oldest is St. Louis Cemetery #1. Often you can take a tour which may involve a nominal fee.
  4. Street Performers: Be entertained by the many street performers you’ll find throughout the city.
  5. Algiers Ferry: For just $2.00 ( almost free) you can board the ferry at the foot of Canal Street and ride across the Mississippi River to Algiers Point, where you can take a walking tour of the village and stop for something to eat in one of the cafes and pubs.
5 Great Restaurants
  1. Commander’s Palace: A New Orleans landmark since 1880, Commander’s Palace has a rich history dating back to when Louisiana joined the United States. The cuisine reflects Creole and American specialties with the freshest local foods.
  2. Antoine’s: For over 174 years, Antoine’s, still operated by relatives of the original owner, has served French:Creole cuisine in a unique atmosphere.
  3. Court of Two Sisters: Offering New Orleans only daily jazz brunch, Court of Two Sisters was previously a notions and fancies shop and home to several former governors and other political figures. Now one of the top restaurants, diners can relax indoors or out and enjoy the wonderful food in a picturesque setting.
  4. Acme Oyster House: For over 100 years, Acme Oyster House has been offering diners traditional creole specialties and fresh seafood at this popular French Quarter restaurant.
  5. Domenica: Chef John Besh’s restaurant, in the Roosevelt hotel serves delicious pasta, pizza, main dishes and desserts in an atmosphere like a traditional Sunday supper. Enjoy your meal prepared with the best ingredients available in this upscale, yet casual restaurant.

5 Nightlife Recommendations
  1. Pat O’Briens: Grab a famous Hurricane in a to-go cup, as you’re allowed to walk around the streets of NOLA with your beverage in hand.
  2. Cat’s Meow: This world famous karaoke bar located on Bourbon Street will offer a full evening’s worth of entertainment.
  3. Harrah’s Casino: See if Lady Luck is working in your favor at the casino complex on Poydras Street.
  4. Funky Pirate: Try a famous cocktail and listen to some great blues.
  5. Fat Tuesday’s: Pick your favorite flavor and choose from the many specialty frozen drinks that Fat Tuesday’s has to offer!
5 Romantic Getaways
  1. Sunrise along the river: Pick up some café au lait and beignets at Café du Monde and head to the water’s edge to see the new day begin.
  2. Orleans Grapevine: Dine in the candle lit courtyard with a wine flight and some wonderful light fare or a full meal.
  3. Carousel Bar: Located in the historic Hotel Monteleone, this unique revolving bar overlooks Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter.
  4. New Orleans City Park: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the park, where you can also explore the New Orleans Museum of Art.
  5. Garden District: Stroll through this lovely neighborhood of New Orleans, home to Victorian mansions and huge historic homes.
  5 Great Hotels
  1. Ritz Carlton: 921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112
  2. Windsor Court: 300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  3. JW Marriott Hotel: 614 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. Roosevelt Hotel: 130 Roosevelt way, New Orleans, LA 70119
  5. Loews Hotel: 300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
5 Must Try Foods:
  1. Beignets and Café au Lait at Café Du Monde: With several locations in the city, including the original one in the French Market (which is open 24 hours a day, almost every day of the year) a visit here is a must. Sample the fresh, hot beignets, fried squares of dough liberally doused in powdered sugar, and café au lait, a blend of coffee and chicory mixed half and half with hot milk.
  2. Po’ Boys: A traditional submarine sandwich served on crusty bread, po’ boys can be made from meat or fried seafood.The bread is what distinguishes the sandwich from others. They are often served hot and one of the most popular vendors is Johnny’s.
  3. Muffaletta: These sandwiches, made on round bread, with olive salad and an array of Italian meats, are almost as famous as the po’ boy. Try the Central Grocery in the French Market. Their sandwiches are large, but you can order a whole, half or quarter.
  4. Gumbo: A stew-like dish, Gumbo has its origins in Creole cooking and features a rich stock, okra, meat and/or shellfish and the “trinity” – aromatic vegetables including celery, bell peppers and onions. There are numerous varieties of Gumbo and each ethnic group in NOLA will have its own secret recipe. Try the Gumbo Shop for your meal.
  5. Famous New Orleans cocktails: NOLA is famous for its cocktails, including the Sazerac which consists of rye whiskey, simple syrup, absinthe, Peychaud bitters and a lemon twist for garnish. Other popular choices are the Ramos (or New Orleans) Fizz and of course, the Hurricane made famous at Pat O’Brien’s bar.
Climate and What To Pack: New Orleans has a subtropical climate and temperatures can get as low at the 40s during the winter and 90s in the hot, humid summer. Rain occurs often, averaging 5 inches per month. In summer, pack light weight clothes in light colors. Be sure to add a jacket, sweater and rain poncho or umbrella for times when a rainstorm rolls in. In winter, long sleeved tops, long pants and sweaters are a good idea, but add a short sleeved top or two in case the weather is warmer than expected. Electrical Converter Information: Most electrical outlets throughout New Orleans are equipped for standard U.S. plugs, best for 120 volt appliances and 60 Hz. Transportation: Most of New Orleans is walkable so unless you’re venturing out of the downtown area, you will not need a rental car. Cabs and taxi services are plentiful; there is a commercial airport shuttle service available and you can use mass transit. The public transportation system, which includes buses and streetcars, is easy to use and reasonably priced. Safety Precautions: It’s important to keep in mind that New Orleans is a big and crowded city. Because of this there are always precautions to take that reduce the risk of loss and theft. Scan all major documents and email them to yourself before leaving, so even if your bag goes missing you still have copies. Be sure to keep a list of your emergency contacts with you at all times and always send your itinerary to a friend. Both men and women should avoid carrying valuables in their pockets, especially in their back pockets. Women should consider wearing an over-the-shoulder purse with a zipper; we carry a great brand of these bags called PacSafe, which greatly helps in reducing the risk of theft. Paperwork Required: For U.S. residents only the paperwork that is required by the airline is needed to visit NOLA. Vacationers who are driving or taking public transportation should be sure to bring an I.D. to enjoy the nightlife! Air Travel Information: New Orleans is serviced by one major airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The airport has ample public transportation and taxi services to carry you to and from your destination! Nearly all major airlines fly to this airport such as: JetBlue, United, Delta, Southwest and American Airlines and more. Trip Highlights: Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, the Mississippi river and the lovely, southern architecture are sure to please all visitors to New Orleans. Best Luggage to Use: Wheeled luggage is the way to go because often in the city you are walking from block to block for a taxi or subway. Also, a small over the shoulder bag would be useful for daily travels. Must Have Travel Accessories: As with any city, it is best to carry your money and credit cards in your front pocket. To accommodate this, try using a small money clip to keep in your pants pocket. Also, these garment bags maybe useful if you plan to bring a suit or dress for a night on the town check out our garment bags.

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