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.
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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.
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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.
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Stay in the revitalized Warehouse District for a still-happening scene but less carnival-like atmosphere than the French Quarter.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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One of America’s finest and most moving military sites, the National WWII Museum will enthrall you with its stunning films and multimedia exhibits.
Gawk at the grand old mansions of the Garden District by riding the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar, which runs “uptown” from Canal Street.
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Consider yourself a foodie? Try visiting the John C. Campbell Folk School and other places to learn how to cook like a local.