Plain and simple, people flock to New Orleans for its unique way of looking at life, the night life, and Mardi Gras. Labeled the “Big Easy”, New Orleans is a place where people come to immerse themselves in a part of the United States like none other. Filled with jazz music and culture there are numerous places to go in order to soak some of that culture in. A few things to do in New Orleans include:
Any trip to New Orleans must include time spent in the French Quarter – the heart and soul of New Orleans. Literally –“ the French Quarter history consists of over 200 years of characters, chaos, and intrigue.” The original site of the New Orleans colony, established back in 1718 by the French, the French Quarter has held tightly to its traditional culture and integrated it with the amazing musical traditions of New Orleans. Wanders down the original cobble stone streets will uncover such attractions as the William Faulkner House, the French Market, and the Cabildo. The main attraction of the French Quarter has always been Bourbon Street however– New Orleans infamous party district. No trip to New Orleans is complete without a wander down Bourbon Street amongst the buskers and street performers. There are limitless options for going out on Bourbon Street and you will be assured a great time is had by all.
1300 St Louis Street | New Orleans
Definitely some of the most unique – and fair to say morbid – locations in New Orleans are its cemetery. Unique to the region, many of the tombs for people are above ground as to protect the corpses from the rising sea levels. These tombs also were inspired by many of the traditions of Spanish and French architecture. The decaying and dilapidated grounds of many of the city’s older grave yards definitely adds to the ghostly atmosphere. The most famous of the graveyards if the St Louis Cemetery which is the final resting place for several of New Orleans most noted luminaries such as Marie Laveau – the voodoo queen of New Orleans – and Bernard Marigny – the former senate leader of Louisiana and a noted play boy of infamous repute. Probably the safest way to see the cemeteries, as some are in more dangerous parts of town, is as part of a cemetery tour. Tours leave at different times and have different price tags attached to them depending on the tour company.