New Orleans is the most celebrated city of the American South, and the largest city in Louisiana, as well as the state's top visitor destination. The city has a reputation for historical roots, hot and muggy weather, great food, great music, and great times. Despite being hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in late 2005, New Orleans is still the tourist hot-spot it always has been. Jazz music still rules the city's streets and there's still a bit of Mardi Gras all year round.
* Historic architecture in neighborhoods
- Ornate colonial French and Spanish in The French Quarter
- Victorian mansions Uptown
* Historic cemeteries are in the Uptown, Treme, and Mid-City areas - Cities of the Dead
* the Superdome, in the Central Business District
* Museums and Aquarium of the Americas, Central Business District
* Audubon Zoo, Uptown
* New Orleans Museum of Art and City Park in Mid-City
* the Mississippi River - great views from the French Quarter, the Algiers ferry, and the Audubon Zoo "Butterfly" park Uptown
* St. Louis Cathedral holds regular celebrations of the Catholic Mass
* Occult and Voodoo Destinations
- The Alombrados Encampment hosts the Gnostic Mass and frequent classes on Magick
- Island of Salvation Botanica distributes Voodoo goods and holds Voodoo ceremonies
- Starling Books and Crafts and Esoterica supply excellent wares, herbs, and oils.
* Streetcar rides St. Charles Avenue (green cars) is the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the U.S.; the Canal Street route also provides a pleasant ride.
* Riverboat cruises - short or long cruises, some of which have quite good jazz bands on board. Enjoy the Steamboat Natchez Riverboat Cruise.
* Casino gambling at Harrah's next to the Quarter in the Central Business District.
* Mardi Gras World - with thousands of sensational sculptured props and breath-taking giant figures -- it's the place where Mardi Gras is made.
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