Sweat accumulates on a Jazz musician's brow while he fiercely stomps his foot to a swing beat. A group of tipsy 20-somethings chow down on fried beignets at 3 a.m. on Decatur Street. A family traipses through the Garden District, admiring the quiet tree-lined streets and Victorian homes.
Welcome to a triumphant town of culinary superlatives and handsome architecture, of bizarrely sweet sounding brass bands and lively, crowded festivals. Welcome to New Orleans -- a place where the world spins a little slower, and with a little more groove.
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, the feeder of the masses, and one of the top places to party in America. The city's historic center -- which includes the French Quarter, Magazine Street, and the Garden District -- is easily walkable, and unlike the rest of New Orleans, was not significantly damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
Most visitors stay in the French Quarter, New Orleans' tourist center. If you have kids in tow, try hotels close to family-friendly sites like the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Louisiana Children's Museum. Business travelers will most likely want to stay near the Central Business District, a slender rectangular district home to law firms and banks, near St. Charles Ave., west of the French Quarter.
|Airports:||Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport|
|Peak:||Feb. - April|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% at restaurants|