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New Orleans Introduction


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It has been said that New Orleans, Louisiana, celebrates indulgence like no other U.S. city; its reputation for feasting and revelry, especially during Mardi Gras, is legendary. With Hurricane Katrina well in the rear-view mirror almost a decade after the catastrophic failing of the city's levee system, tourism is flourishing. New restaurants, hotels and attractions draw millions of visitors to the city each year.   Click here to see the full New Orleans travel guide on Travel42 »

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New Orleans Geography


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New Orleans is sometimes called "the Crescent City" because it curves like a half-moon around a bend of the Mississippi River. Its orientation blunts the points of the traditional compass—no one in New Orleans navigates using north, south, east or west. Local directions refer to "riverside" (toward the Mississippi), "lakeside" (toward Lake Pontchartrain), "uptown" or "up river" (above Canal Street) and "downtown" or "down river" (Canal Street and below).  Click here to see the full New Orleans travel guide on Travel42 »

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New Orleans History


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As New Orleans prepares to celebrates it tricentennial in 2018, the city's history is ever more at the forefront.   Click here to see the full New Orleans travel guide on Travel42 »

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New Orleans Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The French Quarter, which is where nearly all visitors to New Orleans start their sightseeing, is the oldest part of the city and it's still a wonder—a mix of clubs, souvenir shops, restaurants, voodoo vendors and beautiful homes (you'd be surprised at what lies behind some of the plainest facades).   Click here to see the full New Orleans travel guide on Travel42 »

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New Orleans Nightlife


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Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Pete Fountain, Fats Domino and Al Hirt—each got his start in New Orleans. Still home to some of the world's leading musicians, New Orleans is one of the best cities in the U.S. for live music. It's also rare among North American cities for having no mandatory closing time for bars—New Orleans' nightlife is seemingly infinite and as colorful as the rest of the city's character. In many bars, the party doesn't slow down until after the sun comes up.  Click here to see the full New Orleans travel guide on Travel42 »

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New Orleans Restaurants & Dining


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The city's restaurants numbered at 809 in 2005. That number jumped to almost 1,400 in 2013, with no signs of that the appetite for new eateries is waning. From old favorites to exciting new offerings, there is plenty of spice on the culinary landscape.   Click here to see the full New Orleans travel guide on Travel42 »

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