New Orleans in Louisiana, the largest city of the state and a major port, needs little introduction to avid travelers around the world. Known to be a city of art and culture as well as for the distinct architecture and rich history of the region, this city draws in thousands of visitors every year. It formed part of the New Orleans-Metairie-Bogalusa combined statistical area. Though Hurricane Katrina did wreak much devastation around the city, it is still a city that holds its own due to its distinct art and culture activities. Spanish, Creole and French architecture characterize the landscape of the city. It is located on either side of the Mississippi river.
The city is known for its cross cultural influences, its cuisine and music. It is known to be the birthplace of jazz music. There are several festivals and annual celebrations that are held here, notably the Mardi Gras event that date back to the times when French colonial settlements came here.
When it comes to places of attraction, things to see and do, there are several reasons for tourists to spend a considerable time in this city. There is the French Quarter, which is a must see when one is here; this area includes several landmark places such as St Charles Avenue lined with universities, 19th century mansions and Pontchartrain Hotel which is a historic landmark here. This Avenue links with Magazine Street that has antique shops and boutique stores. Two other notable places to visit are New Orleans African American Museum and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
This city is often said to be the best place for wild weekends or as a destination for spring breaks. One can choose from boutique hotels to stay in as well as discover several bars with live music or band music, cafes, vintage shops, restaurants offering unique cuisines.