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Hurricane Katrina caused a mass exodus, but the people of New Orleans have embraced the process of rebuilding. Although the population in town has been halved by the post-storm exodus, the areas along the river, most-frequented by visitors, never saw flooding and are once again thronged with the city's trademark joyfulness. Now more than ever, tourism is critical to the future of New Orleans.

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» Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World

Step behind the scenes for the United States' biggest and most celebrated Mardi Gras celebration at the New Orleans Mardi Gras World warehouse and event center. Located in picturesque Algiers' Point, Mardi Gras World takes you on an inside tour of the workshop where artisans delicately craft the intricate floats and elaborate costumes that run parade routes every year and help to make New Orleans a Mecca for Carnival celebration. No two floats are alike …

» Mississippi River

Mississippi River

So much can be said about the Mississippi that it almost defies belief. So much more than just the largest drainage system in North America, the might Mississippi is entrenched in the collective American psyche. From the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Beasts of the Southern Wild, the grand idea of the muddy river delta and its great abundance stays with us. Beginning in the far reaches of Canada, the long arms of the mighty Mississippi reach across the United States …

» Napoleon House

Napoleon House, New Orleans

In New Orleans' French Quarter lies the Napoleon House, a monument to the city's illustrious heritage and culinary tradition. Built in 1814 by former Mayor Nicholas Girod, the property is most famous for supposedly being offered by the mayor to Napoleon Bonaparte as a refuge after the Frenchman's exile in 1821. Napoleon never made it to the house, but the name stuck and the building became one of the most famous bars and cafes in the city …

» New Canal Lighthouse

New Canal Lighthouse, New Orleans

The New Canal Lighthouse has, like many things in New Orleans, a long history behind it. Originally built when Congress issued a $5,000 grant towards the construction of lighted pathways along the 'new' New Orleans canal, the New Canal Lighthouse was built to guide vessels navigating this once expansive waterway that stretched into the very heart of the city. Today, however, the canal has been filled in, as has the water that once ran under the lighthouse …

» New Orleans City Park

New Orleans City Park , New Orleans

If stone bridges, botanical gardens, sculpture, theme parks, hundreds of centuries-old oak trees and numerous waterways are indicative of a good park, then consider New Orleans City Park one of the best city parks in the world. Over 1300 acres of sprawling land comprises this park, making it the sixth-largest urban park in the United States and a routine stop for family fun. Distinguished by a large menu of activities, whether it's stopping in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park …

» New Orleans Cruise Port

New Orleans Cruise Port, New Orleans

If you're at the Port of New Orleans, you're most like beginning or ending your cruise, so get there a day early or stick around afterward for a chance to explore the Big Easy. The French Quarter is, of course, the main attraction, but if you've been there, done that, take a shore excursion into the countryside to see some of Louisiana's grand plantation homes, or experience the swampy waterways on an airboat tour …

» New Orleans Museum of Art

New Orleans Museum of Art , New Orleans

Walking up the steps and through the imposing Doric columns and impressive classical facade, you wouldn't know that the New Orleans Museum of Art began over 100 years from very humble origins. First erected in 1911, the city's oldest fine art museum then housed only a paltry nine works of art. What is now one of the greatest art collections in the American South, today the New Orleans Museum of Art houses almost 40,000 objects on permanent display …

» New Orleans Superdome

New Orleans Superdome, New Orleans

Little is more iconic to a native New Orleanian than the towering Superdome. The Superdome has served as a cultural symbol for New Orleans since it was first built in 1967, and has since played host to a number of big New Orleans events including numerous Super Bowls, Sugar Bowls, and even as home to the many displaced during Hurricane Katrina. This marvel of engineering spans 13 massive acres and when the crowd cheers for a sporting event, gives the home team a statistically significant home-field advantage …

» New Orleans WWII Museum

New Orleans WWII Museum, New Orleans

Located just off Highway 90 in the heart of the Warehouse District lies one of the most enticing, modern, and comprehensive World War II museums in all the country; New Orleans own World War II Museum. Rated a 29/30 on Google and scoring high marks across every major review site, the National World War II Museum (also known as the D-day Museum) explores the lives of the American men and women who took part in World War II through letters, recruitment posters …

» Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation, New Orleans

Famed for the ancient live oak trees that flank its main walkway, the Oak Alley Plantation might seem eerily familiar. Used as a site for several movie screenings including the popular Interview With A Vampire, the Oak Alley Plantation is, in real life, all the more beautiful and exciting. A sprawling plantation with over 1300 acres to its name and an interactive Civil War museum, visitors to Oak Alley enjoy the beauty of the grand antebellum plantations with a historical walking tour …

» Oak Street

Oak Street, New Orleans

It's true - Bourbon Street may be New Orleans's most famous street, but it's far from the only one to visit if you're looking for some good times New Orleans-style. Located in the historic Uptown district of New Orleans, Oak Street was once the main commercial drag of the town of 'Carrollton' before its incorporation into greater New Orleans in the early 20th century. Because of that, there's still a lingering charm to this uptown 'main street' as a business and entertainment center …

» Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans

A product of the art visionary Roger Ogden, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in the Central Business District of New Orleans. It contains an impressive collection of over 4,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, and photos, all displayed as part of the mission to further the appreciation of Southern art in the United States. From the likes of Kendall Shaw, and William Grenier, and Robert Tannen, any New Orleans-goer looking for a finer appreciation of this unique and proud culture …

» Old U.S. Mint

Old U.S. Mint

The only mint in existence to hold the designation of printing both U.S. and Confederate coinage, the Old U.S. Mint has a story all its own. Built in 1835 and a product of Andrew Jackson's 'Bank War,' the Mint was built in the Greek Revival style and houses the history of 1838 until 1909 when minting ceased. Visitors can walk the mint exhibits and then the much applauded New Orleans Mint Performing Arts Center where new Jazz is made and the history of the art form is preserved …

» Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall, New Orleans

Located in the heart of New Orleans' famed French Quarter, Preservation Hall is home to the famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band and hosts a variety of the Big Easy's best jazz performers. Crowds pack this old time venue to relive the glory days of jazz and watch seasoned 70 and 80-year-old jazz veterans alongside upcoming musicians play some of that signature New Orleans sound. Despite the dust and sweaty audience packed into this legendary hall …

» San Francisco Plantation

San Francisco Plantation, New Orleans

The designation of being the most opulent plantation house in North America doesn't come cheaply. Nor will you find the San Francisco Plantation mansion in any disrepair. A galleried house of the Creole open-suite style, this fabulous southern home's riches aren't just found on its sprawling property or wrapped up in its gorgeous architecture - the San Francisco Plantation has one of the finest and most extensive antique collections in the country …

» St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

Across Chartres Street from Jackson Square and adjacent to the Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed, St. Louis Cathedral stands tall and proud, beckoning French Quarter visitors to take a little time out of their drinking and dancing to admire the oldest continuously used cathedral in the United States. The seat of the city's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, St. Louis Cathedral was built in 1789 and rebuilt in 1850. The cathedral is also known as the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France …

» St Louis Cemetery

St Louis Cemetery , New Orleans

The St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans' most famous resting place, is actually made up of three cemeteries. More than 100,000 bodies lie in Saint Louis Cemetery #1, which takes up just one square block between St. Louis and Conti streets just outside the French Quarter. A bit of a morbid attraction, the cemetery has been a lauded place of burial since it opened in 1789, making it the oldest of the city's three Roman Catholic St. Louis cemeteries …

» Steamboat Natchez

Steamboat Natchez , New Orleans

Experience New Orleans from the Mississippi River with a scenic cruise on the historic Steamboat Natchez. Take a two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter that takes you back in time to the atmosphere of the Old South while enjoying a creole lunch onboard and a Calliope Organ concert. Learn about New Orleans foundation as a harbor city on the daytime cruise, or hop on the nighttime Jazz Cruise for dinner with live band, "Dukes of Dixieland" …

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New Orleans has long seduced visitors with its Caribbean color, sultry Southern heat, sweet-tasting cocktails and voodoo potions. The unofficial state motto, "let the good times roll," pretty much says it all, and any time you step outside, be ready for a meandering conversation with a total stranger …

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New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. It is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras, dating to French colonial times …

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