At the heart of America’s southern state of Louisiana is the vibrant city of New Orleans. Also known as ‘The Big Easy’, New Orleans is also the birthplace of jazz and home to the infamous Mardi Gras. Holidays in New Orleans are all about enjoying the fun atmosphere, colourful history, tasty cuisine and wonderful music draw thousands of visitors to its streets each year, especially during the Jazz Festival and Mardi Gras. Hang out in the vibrant French Quarter, one of the USA’s oldest and unique neighbourhoods, explore the French Market and Jackson Square and sample the delicious Cajun-inspired cuisine. The elegant Garden District is known for its Greek and Italian architecture and beautiful mansion houses. The designer shops and quaint boutiques on Canal Street are a must for some retail therapy. The Cities of the Dead, New Orleans unique above ground burial systems, are unusual sights to see. A little further afield, Avery Island plays host to exotic plants and animals from around the world and where the famous Tabasco pepper sauce is made. With so much to see and experience in and around this vibrant city, it’s easy to see why a holiday in New Orleans ticks all the boxes.
Youll be spoilt for choice of things to do on a New Orleans holiday. Take a ride on the Mississippi River on a riverboat. The Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Zoo are popular choices with families. The St Charles Streetcar will whizz you round Canal Street, the Garden District, Tulane and Loyola Universities and ends up at Palmer Park in Carrolton. See the longest bridge in New Orleans and indeed America, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. City Park, Audubon Park, Woldenburg Park and the famous New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park are the perfect places to escape the hustle and bustle. When it comes to culture, theres the 1850 House, the National World War II Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Old US Mint to explore. Blaine Kerns Mardi Gras World gives you an insight into the famous carnival, floats and costumes.
No holiday in New Orleans would be complete without sampling its unique nightlife. There are bars, live music venues, jazz clubs and nightclubs across New Orleans to keep you entertained until the early hours. The top place for party animals is on and around Bourbon Street in the French Quarter with Pat OBriens and Cat Meow two of the favoured hotspots.
There are many options to make your taste buds tingle in New Orleans. French, Spanish and African influences combine to create Creole and Cajun dishes including Gumbo and Jambalaya. From fast food to fine dining, youll find it all in New Orleans, all served with oldfashioned southern hospitality. Local beers, wines and cocktails will quench your thirst.
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