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A state divided by its geographical differences with the rolling pine hills of the north and the flat, marshland of the south and even more striking differences in food, music and language.
Founded in the 1700s by the French, New Orleans is the South’s premier port and one of America’s most unique cities. Situated on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, which dominates the whole of the city, is the famous French Quarter. Renowned for its jazz musicians, superb food, party atmosphere (especially during Mardi Gras) and laid back attitude, the 'Big Easy’ is a city not to be missed.
Bourbon Street: The main street in the ‘French Quarter’ is home to almost round-the-clock jazz and outside bars serving the aptly named drink - Hurricane. Now also home to many gift shops and strip joints, which adds to its rowdy, raunchy image!
Royal Street: Boasting distinctive architecture together with the city’s finest antique shops.
Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral: Formerly the town’s main square during the French colonial settlement and in the middle of the French Quarter, it is now a pleasant area to stroll around, browse in the shops or view local artists. The beautiful St. Louis Cathedral dominates the square and tours are offered every day except Sundays.
Mississippi River: When in New Orleans, take a cruise on the mighty Mississippi River. Day and night time jazz cruises are available.
Voodoo Museum: New Orleans is home to voodoo, the ancient African religion. There are many voodoo shops, a small museum and even a voodoo walking tour of the French Quarter.
French Market: This has been a farmer’s market for over 200 years. Today its colourful sights and atmosphere make it well worth a visit.
Louisiana Superdome: One of the city’s best known landmarks. Home of the New Orleans Saints and the annual "Sugar Bowl Classic" sports event. Tours asre generally available Monday to Friday.
Swamps and Bayous: Just outside New Orleans are a wide number of mysterious bayous. Tours are available.
Aquarium of the Americas: Situated on the banks of the Mississippi, it houses over 7,000 aquatic creatures in over 60 separate displays and four environments.