New Orleans is the largest city and metropolitan area of Louisiana. Located in the south part of the state sitting along the Mississippi River, this city has become famous for its assemblage of unique architecture that traces its historical roots and implies its diverse culture. The people enjoy the subtropical climate, mild winters and warm summers. With mixed influences from Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, New Orleans is no doubt one of the most fascinating cities in the US.
Tourism is one of the reasons why the city remains upbeat and alive. Visitors of New Orleans arrive at Louis Armstrong International Airport, the city’s primary and biggest airport. Situated in the suburbs of Kenner, this airport services US Airways, Air Canada and United Airlines to name a few. From the airport, taxi may be hired to reach the city center or any New Orleans destination tourists prefer. There is also an option to hire a Limo or an airport shuttle. The most affordable means to get to the town is through bus, the Jefferson Transit Airport Express route E2-Airport. There are also free-of-charge hotel transfers from the airport to the town.
Part of the New Orleans experience is to sleep there for a night or two, or more. The Downtown or the Central Business District is where most of the top-rated and high-end hotels like Astor Crowne Plaza and Ambassador Hotel are located. For the most luxurious living, Bourbon Hotel Orleans in French Quarter is an excellent choice. For an ambiance that resembles home, B&B’s like Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast and lodges like St. Philip French Quarter Apartments surely grant that feel.
The weave of influences coming from different countries make the culinary of New Orleans boasting with eclectic character. The famous local flare includes creole, gumbo and po-boys, and no one dare miss the banana fosters for desert. There is an abundance of seafood here so the cost of oyster and lobster is lesser compared to the other cities Louisiana. The region is the birthplace of Tabasco, and almost all restaurants have a bottle of this world-known spicy sauce on the table.
The highlight of the New Orleans trip is, of course, sight-seeing. The historic architecture in the neighborhood is impressively preserved. Audubon Park and New Orleans City Park are huge parks ideal for relaxation, while The National WWII Museum is where to learn the city’s relevant past. Riding the traditional tram called St. Charles Streetcar when going around the city may seem rustic, but it gives a different kind of high. Festivals and cultural events are aplenty in New Orleans and visitors are also encouraged to take part of it. Mardi Gras, French Quarter festival and Jazz Fest are only some of the events that give color and life to the streets of New Orleans.
The Central District has the most number of attractions, while the French Quarter is where most of the visitors go; the strip of the Lakeside and the Uptown both have a line-up of restaurants that offer local dishes and international favorites. Indeed, New Orleans was unfazed despite hurricane Katrina, and at the present is still one of the most attractive cities not just in Louisiana but the rest of the US.