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Welcome to The Big Easy

New Orleans is an incredible, vibrant, bursting at the seams, melting pot of a city. Whether you're coming here for the music, the food, to meet some fascinating new people, to experience Mardi Gras, or to just party all night long—or all of the above—a visit to New Orleans is never the same trip twice, but always memorable. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

Things You Can't Miss

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Samantha's Pick Audubon Insectarium

From bugs that give you the willies to some so beautiful they look like an artist's masterpiece, this Insectarium is an unexpected and total delight.

Audubon Insectarium

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Samantha's Pick Eating Paradise

Cochon Butcher for its to-die-for sandwiches. The muffaletta is a city favorite, but I still dream of the pork belly with mint and cucumbers on white.

Eating Paradise

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Samantha's Pick Where to Stay

Stay in the revitalized Warehouse District for a still-happening scene but less carnival-like atmosphere than the French Quarter.

Where to Stay

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Get Down at Preservation Hall

No trip to New Orleans would be complete without some New Orleans jazz, and Preservation Hall is the place to see it. This historic venue has shows nightly.

Get Down at Preservation Hall

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Soak Up the Vibe on Bourbon Street

While it has a well-earned reputation for all-night partying, Bourbon Street is also home to some of New Orleans’s best dining, shopping, and sightseeing.

Soak Up the Vibe on Bourbon Street

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See the Entire Collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art

When this art museum opened in 1911, there were just nine pieces on display. Thankfully for you, there are now over 40,000 pieces to grab your attention.

See the Entire Collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art

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There’s Something For Everyone at Harrah’s Casino

If the abundance of slot machines, table games, and poker rooms isn’t your thing, head to The Buffet at Harrah’s for one of the best dinner deals in town.

There’s Something For Everyone at Harrah’s Casino

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Remembering the Nation’s Biggest War

One of America’s finest and most moving military sites, the National WWII Museum will enthrall you with its stunning films and multimedia exhibits.

Remembering the Nation’s Biggest War

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Seeing the Sights by Streetcar

Gawk at the grand old mansions of the Garden District by riding the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar, which runs “uptown” from Canal Street.

Seeing the Sights by Streetcar

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