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New Orleans, Louisiana, Visitors Guide
New Orleans is thick with landmarks from historical to modern. Most travelers make a point to visit historical areas and monuments like Jackson Square, Cafe' du Monde, the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and the St. Louis Cathedral. Whether into history, dining, entertainment, family-fun activities, or simple relaxation, New Orleans, Louisiana has you covered. With New Orleans being such a diverse city, there is something for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Tours are a hot commodity, allowing travelers to instructively explore the French Quarter, centuries-old Plantations, and ancient "haunted" cemeteries! But New Orleans also brings vacationers to the bayou for original Creole Seafood, eclectic southern-inspired art, and traditional New Orleans Jazz.
GeographyNew Orleans is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, approximately 105 miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico. Major roadways include I-10, I-610, and I-510. New Orleans is 1.5 hours from Baton Rouge, 2 hours from Lafayette, and 5 hours from Shreveport.
NeighborhoodsThe Arts/Warehouse District is a diverse neighborhood known for its 21st-century rooftop swimming pools, 19th-century paving stones, and notable landmarks like the National WWII Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Here you will find art galleries, delicious restaurants, and residential lofts.
South Market District is a neighborhood with award-winning chefs and bakers who serve up tasty cuisine at some of the trendiest restaurants. The vibe here is innovative and energetic, and it's close to the Garden District and the French Quarter.
The Uptown/Garden District is a unique blend of historic limestone mansions and cozy, midsized homes situated on world-acclaimed Mardi Gras parade routes. The neighborhood is home to plenty of vibrant bars and restaurants, as well as cozy coffee shops.
Top Places to Visit
New Orleans City ParkNew Orleans City Park is one of the largest and most visited urban public parks in the country. With its 1,300 acres, it attracts a lot of visitors who picnic and fish on the bayou. It’s also home to a number of landmarks including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Orleans Botanical Garden, and the Louisiana Children’s Museum.
Mardi Gras WorldMardi Gras World is a one-of-a-kind attraction, giving visitors an up-close look at the design of the world-famous Mardi Gras floats.
Audubon ZooAudubon Zoo is a wonderful place to go and explore with your family. You will see many different kinds of animals from all over the world. Audubon offers educational programs, animal encounters, and lovely gardens for you to explore.
ClimateNew Orleans has a moderate climate, with an average daily temperature of 60 degrees from October through March and an average daily temperature of 77 degrees from April through September. The best time to visit is from February to May when you can enjoy a variety of festivals and events.
What is New Orleans Known for
Mardi Gras, Art & Culture, French Quarter, Ghost Tours, Voodoo, Creole Cuisine, River Cruises, Jazz, Bourbon Street
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