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New Orleans is a city in Louisiana (you've probably read about it in a history book at one time!). The city is a great place to visit, unlike most populous cities in the United States. The culture in New Orleans, nicknamed "NOLA", is said to be different than the rest of the country. Not only does NOLA have delicious restaurants with all the southern food you know and love, it is also popular for being the birthplace of jazz music. As you can imagine, the jazz bars are a must see. When planning your trip, you also should schedule a tour to visit a plantation, which will give you a background on the history of the area. You may also know New Orleans as the place to go during Mardi Gras, the two-week celebration leading up to fat Tuesday.
There are so many amazing spots in New Orleans that you must visit on your next trip. One of the most popular destinations, and certainly our favorite, is the French Quarters. The Quarter is the oldest the oldest section of the city of New Orleans and is currently the city's center square, full of historical buildings and landmarks built before 1804! The French Quarters is fun to visit both during the day and at night! At night, you will find Bourbon Street lit up with bars, restaurants, and music playing all throughout.
Top Places to Eat in New Orleans: GW Fins, Upperline Restaurant, Willie Mae's Scotch House, Mother's, Commander's Palace, Dante's Kitchen, Café du Monde (famous for the beignets!)
Top Bars in New Orleans: Fritzel's Jazz Bar, Pat O'Brien's, Tropical Isle (you must get a hand grenade!)
Weekend Trip Away: Trip to a swamp/plantation,
Native Americans settled in New Orleans around 400 A.D..
In 1803, New Orleans became a part of the United States when Napoleon sold all of the Louisiana Territory to the U.S. under the Louisiana Purchase.
New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz music!
Drinking alcohol on the street is allowed in New Orleans.
This is where the Mardi Gras parade is held (even though it actually was started in Alabama!)