New Orleans

United States

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    A city that moves to its own rhythm

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    A city that moves to its own rhythm

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    A city that moves to its own rhythm

How to enjoy New Orleans

Perhaps no city in the U.S. is as evocative—as magical—as New Orleans. Maybe that’s why no matter how many times you visit, it’s always new. Whether you’re here for the haunted history or haute cuisine, The Big Easy makes it hard to leave

  • Fascinating tours—everything from its distinctive cuisine to cemeteries to Creole history—are ideal for uncovering the city’s secrets
  • The old-money Garden District is packed with glorious mansions, sucking you in for hours of happy strolling and gawking
  • Magazine Street’s swanky antiques and apparel shops—and some admittedly oddball stores, too—offer some of the best shopping in town

New Orleans may be part of Louisiana, but the Crescent City is a world unto itself. It offers experiences ranging from spectacular (jazz doesn’t get better than in its hometown) to raunchy (bawdy, liquor-filled Bourbon Street) to transcendent (unbelievably believable fortune tellers). And oh, the food: po’boys and gumbo and pralines, oh my! Get out of your comfort zone and sample local favorites.

The French Quarter gets the most attention—for good reason, admittedly—but nearly every inch of the city and its environs is worth exploring. And remember that the people who call New Orleans home are just as much a part of the adventure as the sights. No matter what life (or Mother Nature) throws at them, the residents’ trademark joie de vivre means they’re always ready to “let the good times roll”.

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    When to visit New Orleans

    Weather is the best in New Orleans during the Spring and Fall seasons. It's worth visiting for the famous Bourbon Street Mardi Gras celebrations in February, and in December for the romance of the Christmas season.

Hotels we adore in New Orleans

  • Did you know

    The tomb of Voodoo queen Marie Laveau is supposedly the second most-visited grave in the country—behind Elvis.

  • Gourmet Guide

    Plenty of places sell beignets (pillowy, powdered sugar doughnuts), but there’s no substitute for beignets and chicory coffee at iconic Café du Monde.

  • The local view

    Legendary jazz venue Preservation Hall sounds grandiose, but it’s actually quite small. Get there early on the weekends to ensure a seat.

  • Gourmet Guide

    Commander’s Palace remains the quintessential upscale New Orleans restaurant, thanks to a series of talented executive chefs that has included Emeril Lagasse.

  • Did you know

    New Orleans is so flat, the city constructed Monkey Hill in Audubon Park so kids could get a real-life look at a hill.

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