Visit New Orleans, One of the World’s Most Fascinating Cities
You’ll find bowls filled to the rim with gumbo, late nights in dark jazz clubs, strolls through historic neighborhoods, and tantalizing festivals throughout the year.
New Orleans is one of the most visited cities in America. Our culturally rich city offers many major attractions, from the electrifying clubs on Frenchmen Street and the old-world charm of the French Quarter to St. Charles Avenue (home of Tulane and Loyola Universities) and many stately 19th-century mansions.
The city is located in southeastern Louisiana along the Mississippi River. It is bordered by Lake Pontchartrain to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the east. New Orleans is named after Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The city is known for its multicultural heritage as well as its music and cuisine, and is considered the birthplace of jazz.
New Orleans’ status as a world-famous tourist destination is due in part to its architecture, music, cuisine, its annual Mardi Gras, and other celebrations and festivals. The city is often referred to as “the most unique city in America.” There are a number of New Orleans city tours that you can take to explore the city, its architecture and history. We invite you to explore the city, get to know its charms, learn its stories and of course indulge in its cuisine delights.
Before you can walk down Bourbon Street, eat a po-boy or hear some live jazz, you have to get here. New Orleans is a fairly compact city and it’s easy to get around by publc transportation.
Some of the Big Easy’s Greatest Charms
The French Quarter
Here, in an area famous for its raucous nightlife and hedonistic abandon, there lives a community in love with the area’s timelessness, its beautiful buildings and handcrafted details, its proximity to the river, and its quality as a great, walkable neighborhood of world-class restaurants and vibrant street life.
If you like the pulse of great music coming to you on the coffee-scented air; if you enjoy walking down an ancient street where overhanging balconies spill pools of mysterious shadow; if stepping off a crowded sidewalk into a secret garden makes your heart skip a beat, then you “get” the French Quarter.
The Garden District
Love at first sight is a common experience for first time visitors to the Garden District. It often goes something like this: they’re traveling up St. Charles Avenue via the streetcar when they get their first glance of the oak tree lined streets and historic homes. You can tell by the pristine look on their faces, that the Garden District has started a new found romance.
The romance blooms as the afternoon is spent exploring memories of New Orleans’ antebellum past, gazing at secluded mansions, wandering down the brick lined sidewalks. Its canopy of oak trees is world-famous, while its characteristic gardens of hibiscuses and crepe myrtles, angel trumpets and bougainvillea, make it one of New Orleans’ most beautiful neighborhoods. The Garden District has worked its magic again.
New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, it’s home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Come down and experience New Orleans.