New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, the feeder of the masses, and one of the top places to party in America. But it comes with a pulsing back-beat rooted in the city's rich history and thriving, unique culture. The historic center, which includes the French Quarter, Magazine Street, and the Garden District, is easily walkable and home to many fine historic hotels. Check out some of our favorites here: Perched high above the French Quarter, the Hotel Monteleone sign has been a beacon for lost travelers since 1886 and the iconic hotel has stayed in the same family ever since. So many writers have lived in the Monteleone -- Truman Capote, William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, for starts -- that the property is registered as a national literary landmark.