New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.

Sites

French Quarters: 4/5

The French Quarter is the city’s historic heart, famous for its vibrant nightlife and colorful buildings with cast-iron balconies. Crowd-pleasing Bourbon Street features jazz clubs, Cajun eateries and raucous bars serving potent cocktails. Quieter streets lead to the French Market, with gourmet food and local crafts, and to Jackson Square where street performers entertain in front of soaring St. Louis Cathedral.

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Bourbon St: 2/5

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Ghost Tours: 1/5

Address: 643 Magazine St #304, New Orleans, LA 70130

Hours: 8am-12am

Phone:  (888) 859-5375

Dining

Liuzza’s by the Track: 2/5

Address: 1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: 11am-7:30pm

Phone: (504) 218-7888

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Cafe Beignet: 3/5

Address: 334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Hours: 7am-10pm

Phone: (504) 524-5530

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Lodging

Catahoula Hotel: 3/5

Address: 914 Union St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone :(504) 603-2442

Best Way Inn & Suites: 1/5

Address: 6042 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70126

Phone: (504) 302-9691