The Big Easy is a feast for the senses, and festivities don't stop after Mardi Gras. The mixture of African, Creole, Caribbean, and European cultures created a place of myth, and the city of New Orleans lives up to its reputation, even as it continues to rebuild after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.
There are plenty of things to do in New Orleans, and no visit is complete without the French Quarter, with more than 100 blocks of art, dining, shopping, and architecture to entertain the curious traveler. But for a look at the real New Orleans, cross over to Faubourg Marigny, where you're likely to meet locals and hear lively music at the clubs on Frenchmen Street.
If you didn't spend enough in the Quarter, explore the six miles of shopping on Magazine Street, then rest in the one of the Garden District's parks, or stroll down St. Charles Avenue to see some of the most beautiful mansions in the South.
The history of New Orleans is unique, and The New Orleans African American Museum, National World War II Museum, and Confederate Memorial Hall all memorialize the Crescent City's past. Stop by the Southern Food & Beverage Museum to whet your taste buds for some delectable cuisine, then chow down on Cajun jambalaya, Creole gumbo, or other local favorites at the nearly 3,000 area restaurants.
The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is serviced by more than 3,000 arrivals each month, so finding flights to New Orleans is an easy task from most cities.