Whether it’s chowing down on a tasty bowl of gumbo, listening to a jazz quartet in the French Quarter or touring the stately manors of the Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana has an activity for everyone. As a city bursting with cultural and historical significance, New Orleans has been entertaining revelers for decades. Football fans come for the Sugar Bowl, foodies show up for the countless seafood festivals, music lovers appreciate the jazz and heritage festivals, and everyone gets amped up for Mardi Gras. (Celebrity guests can sign up now for our 2017 Mardi Gras signature sailing.)
The Big Easy is also known for its historical offerings. The city can trace its roots back to 1718—when the French founded the city as Nouvelle-Orléans—and today, visitors can still tour ornate 18th– and 19th-century plantations, above-ground cemeteries (including that of Marie Laveau, the legendary “voodoo queen”) and museums that chronicle the city’s past.
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The French Quarter is, of course, a must-visit, but leave time for a tour of New Orleans’s famous “Cities of the Dead.” Haunted History Tours leads groups on foot to the city’s above-ground cemeteries, which were built when the Mississippi flooded.
There really isn’t a bad meal to be had in New Orleans, thanks to the city’s Creole cuisine. Start your day with beignets and a café au lait at Café du Monde, then try a juicy po’boy, a local sub sandwich laden with meat and gravy, at Mother’s. Still hungry? Dig into classics like gumbo, shrimp rémoulade, and oysters Rockefeller at Galatoire’s, a mainstay of NOLA dining since it opened in 1905.