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Some Tips When Visiting New Orleans: Places to Explore
A Guide To New Orleans
Though New Orleans has had its share of tragedies, it is still one of the greatest cities in the United States. Rich in culture and history, New Orleans is a kind of place where sometimes it is easy to lose yourself amongst the environment. With wonderful food and atmosphere, the “Big Easy” has something for everyone. Whether you are a tourist or a resident, New Orleans thrives on making its guest feel right at home. There are many places to visit while in New Orleans. From the infamous Bourbon Street, to Jackson Square, the city offers a chance of getting to know a city that welcomes anyone from anywhere. Though, there are hundreds of places to visit in New Orleans, I am going to talk about a few of the more popular areas.
One of the most famous areas in New Orleans that attracts people is their famous French Quarter. From shopping, to eating authentic southern style cuisine, the French Quarter offers a diverse group of attractions for everyone. It is the oldest neighborhood in the New Orleans area. It offers many hotels to stay while visiting the city. When visiting, guests might recognize some of the familiar looking balcony’s they may have seen in pictures or post cards from New Orleans. This area is loaded with people during the celebration of Mardi Gras. Visitors will notice that most of the buildings in this area are very old have been here for centuries. There are also a few historic museums that the French Quarter has located within the area. Anyone interested in learning and becoming educated on Louisiana history as well as history on the Civil War will enjoy these museums. Most of the museums here are historic homes with great true stories to be shared with people. And for those who are religious, the French Quarter offers wonderful amenities where one can worship the Lord. Beautiful and old churches are an excellent place to rediscover the religious history these century old churches hold. The French Quarter is just one of many places for people to get a taste of the culture and life styles of New Orleans.
- French Quarter
New Orleans French Quarter information about its history, hotels, restaurants, attractions, music clubs and Bourbon Street
Looking out towards the Mississippi River and is the center attraction of the French Quarter, Jackson Square is another area where tourists and residents must visit. With many street performers providing music, art and allowing their creative spirits flow, Jackson Square is a unique place for people to experience. If you are in this area on the weekends, you will more than likely here the song “When the Saints go marching in” being played by a traveling band. This area of Jackson Square offers a melting pot of things to see. Artists offering their works to the public, street performers playing music and dancing for audiences to see, Jackson Square is another must see part of New Orleans. For those who love to shop, there are many stores to visit in this area. From clothing to antiques, people have no problem leaving New Orleans with a souvenir. The most famous site of Jackson Square would be the beautiful and elegant St. Louis Cathedral. This cathedral alone is a must see site for visitors in New Orleans. Its history and wonderful display makes this a sight like no other.
- Jackson Square, New Orleans | At New Orleans
Jackson Square, New Orleans: Originally, known as the Plaza d'Armas, it was a large open common, used at times as military parade grounds, and later as a market place for fish, fowl, and produce.
Another great area of New Orleans is the French Market. Also located in the lower area of the French Quarter, the French Market place offers retail shops, places to enjoy live music and restaurants to eat some great and rich foods. Those are some great attractions, but the French Market’s famous Flea Market and Farmer’s Market offer shopping like no other. Here, guests can buy great southern and historic items to bring back home with them. From southern clothes styles, to wonderful handcrafted art and furniture, these two markets make the French Market area a wonderful and enjoyable time. And the southern hospitality of the workers makes this shopping experience even more delightful.
Last on the list on places to see while experiencing New Orleans is probably the most popular and most visited site this place has to offer. For the adult experience, visitors love taking a stroll down the most famous street in New Orleans, Bourbon Street. For those who like to party or just love to have an occasional cocktail, Bourbon Street can cure any form of thirst. For their most famous drink, the “Hand Grenade,” Bourbon Street is no stranger to those who crave an adult beverage. One of the more popular bars to get one of these “Hand Grenades” is Tropical Isle. With an island themed environment, Tropical Isle offers a chance to experience an island feeling without having to fly thousands of miles over water. If you want a less wild bar, another famous bar on Bourbon Street is Pat O’Brien’s. Here, the guests can sip on a cocktail or try their famous “Hurricanes” and have a casual conversation on one of the many patio tables this place has to offer. There are also many hotels, restaurants and other great bars to enjoy while walking down Bourbon Street.
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New Orleans Bourbon Street information about its famous hotels and restaurants such as The Royal Sonesta Hotel and Galatoire's
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World War Two Museum
Another place I would like to add to this is the World War Two museum. It is a large exhibit and has many great historic sites and displays to check out. It is a wonderful place to re-live the historic events of WWII. If you are a history buff I would suggest you check this place out. And you may want to give this museum a whole day to visit, or at least about four hours. It is a rather large museum and there are many great things to see and read.