New Orleans, A Destination With A Difference

on March 27, 2016 / by

I've decided to explore New Orleans on my visit to the USA and have done research on what to do and see. The city, named after the Duke of Orleans, has a strong culture and boasts of a multilingual heritage. If you have no idea where to start, this guide will help you stay near the action. 

French Quarter 
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French Quarter by Erica Campbell via Trover 
The French Quarter, popularly known as the Vieux Carré, is New Orleans cultural melting point that is located on the Mississippi River. The architecture of the city has a lot of Spanish and French influence coupled with the American taste to bring out the best of both design elements. A lot of locals organise 'Home Tours' so travellers get to witness the intricate designs of the ironwork as well as the comfortable and inviting home entrances. Travellers often take a stroll around Jackson Square, visit St. St. Louis Cathedral, and stay at the Hyatt French Quarter overlooking Bourbon Street in the city.

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Mardi Gras via ibtimes
The Mardi Gras, commonly known as the Carnival, is the largest parade in New Orleans that begins on Fat Tuesday. Though it is a free show, the organisation and staging take a lot of effort and time. Locals and people around the world enjoy the parade either by joining the fun or watching it on the television. Tours are created in New Orleans to showcase behind the scene efforts and the thought processes that go into the parades and themes. While choosing accommodations, travellers should consider Bourbon Orleans Hotel as it is at the centre of the action and extremely affordable.

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Harrah’s Casino is the most renowned casino in New Orleans, with its fun and friendly atmosphere, an overwhelming number of table games, slot machines and poker rooms, it offers endless options for visitors to try their luck. The no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em, 7 Card Stud, Pot-Limit Omaha, and the World Series of Poker make the experience extraordinary. Travellers that want to gamble can make arrangements to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. It's just a stone’s throw away.

Satchmo SummerFest
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Satchmo SummerFest via Fqfi
The Satchmo SummerFest is celebrated to honour Louis Satchmo Armstrong, the local artist for his efforts in developing the American musical culture. When first organised in 2001 on his 100th anniversary, the fest was a runaway success and hence the organisers continued to celebrate it as a 'mini Jazz-Fest’ every year. Musicians flock the city every year to showcase their talents, while enthusiasts visit to experience the euphoria. Le Richelieu is the option that gives travellers adrenaline.

Frenchmen Art Market
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Frenchmen Art Market by Sarah via Trover
The Frenchmen Art Market is an evening art market featuring local and regional artists selling handmade art, jewellery, and craft goods. The market welcomes artefact browsing, gift finding, and local artisans, making it a family-friendly cultural experience. When you stay at the Prince Conti Hotel, you will be within walking distance.

Do you have a favourite amongst those outlined above? I bet you want to visit them all and make the most of my New Orleans travel guide.

- Heena

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