One trip to New Orleans, and you'll realize this city is unlike any you've ever visited. Whether you're enjoying the nightlife or architecture in the historic French Quarter, visiting the National World War II museum, or taking a ride on the city's famous streetcar trolley on St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans has something new for you to experience every day. One trip and you'll realize why locals hold this city so dear to their hearts.
Famed for its history, music and cuisine, New Orleans is one of the world's most extraordinary cities. Star-studded events like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest draw thousands of visitors to the city each year. Unique neighborhoods reflect the city's French, Spanish and Caribbean roots. World-class museums display renowned artworks and artifacts. Shopping options range from vintage shops and antique stores to high-end boutiques and galleries. Sports fans can find something to cheer for year-round with New Orleans' many professional teams. The educational experience at Tulane University is interwoven with this rich cultural tapestry.
New Orleans is touted as the cultural mecca of the South, boasting over 40 museums, 160 art galleries, a musician-owned symphony, and the oldest Opera House in America. Add to that the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Smithsonian-affiliated Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and New Orleans continues to offer new world-class attractions and old-world charm.
The city is recognized annually by the top culinary and travel media as one of the top food destinations in the world. There are more than 1,700 restaurants in the city, and many have long, storied pasts. Of particular note, Galatoire’s, the classic traditional Creole landmark in the French Quarter, recently turned 100, along with the Sicilian, Angelo Brocato’s Ice Cream Parlor. They join other historic establishments such as Antoine’s (est. 1840), Tujague’s (est. 1856), Café du Monde (est. 1862), and others to create a culinary legacy on which a contemporary Creole movement has been built. If you like writing about (and eating!) the best food in the world, New Orleans offers stories and tastes found nowhere else.
As Nola.com recently wrote, "New Orleans is no stranger to tourism-related "best of" lists. The city is mentioned so frequently, in fact, that we could start to take it for granted. But we ought to celebrate the fact that people from elsewhere recognize what New Orleanians know so well: This is a magical place.
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