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New Orleans OVERVIEW
A New Orleans vacation will be very different from a vacation elsewhere in America. A laissez-faire attitude permeates everything from the food and the music to the way the residents speak and live. The result is a city that bubbles with a culture that can only be described as intoxicating. Locals are always looking for a good time and it’s almost impossible to go anywhere in the city without hearing music or catching a whiff of something simmering on the stove. Large festivals and events such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival and Mardi Gras attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. The Big Easy also features a unique and diverse urban landscape ranging from the narrow cobblestone streets of the French Quarter to the wide oak-lined avenues of Uptown. New Orleans travel, whether for Mardi Gras or business is sure to prove entertaining. And history is never far away; many of New Orleans' best hotels, restaurants and bars are housed in historic buildings. ...See More Travelers can still roll down the Mississippi River in a steamboat and travel the streets of the Quarter in a horse drawn carriage. And when it comes time to eat, food here isn’t just something to fulfill nutritional needs, it is an attraction itself. Television’s Food Channel arguably wouldn’t have gotten off the ground without the contributions of New Orleans standouts including Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme and John Besh. Explore the city’s great restaurants and sample local dishes such as gumbo, crawfish etouffee and shrimp Creole while you travel New Orleans. Whatever you do, be prepared to have a good time in New Orleans and laissez le bon temps rouler (let the good times roll)! See Less
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