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Daily Daydream: Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Southern charm, lax liquor laws, and a city that knows how to have fun—it all combines to make Bourbon Street one of the most entertaining stretches of sidewalk in the world. Bourbon Street is steeped in history, too (not just booze), and “Rue Bourbon” showcases the heritage of the French Quarter.

Dine at restaurants located in buildings that date back to the 1700s, or settle in at one of the street’s numerous bars for the more modern concoctions of Hurricanes and Hand Grenades (signature drinks of the city). For a vacation to truly remember (or forget), come during Mardi Gras, when parties rage in the street 24 hours a day (some bars in New Orleans never close, and open container laws contribute to the party).

Where is it? In New Orleans, Louisiana’s French Quarter

Where to stay? At the Royal Sonesta Hotel, which boasts a Bourbon Street address, wrought-iron balconies, and a courtyard with pools and gardens .

What else should I know? Be careful in the crowds here, especially on Mardi Gras, as Bourbon Street is notorious for pick-pockets.

Who’s it for? Partiers, drinkers, dancers—anyone who loves fun!

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