The Big Easy. Crescent City. No matter what one calls it, New Orleans, Louisiana is an exciting place to be any time of year. The settlement is situated in the southeastern United States, on banks of Mississippi River upriver from Gulf of Mexico. New Orleans city breaks offer many things such as interesting Cajun history and culture, unique music, delicious Creole food, pop culture, vampire lore, famous jazz played in Cajun bars and pubs, beautiful medieval style architecture, and a friendly and upbeat atmosphere. The city’s Mardi Gras Festival is probably what the town is most known for, but there are many other popular and well-known festivals happening in the area throughout the year.
St Louis Cathedral in New Orleans
Among the many events, there are some premier celebrations to include New Orleans city breaks. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a celebration of food, music, culture and art. Guests meet renowned jazz musicians from all over, sample local food creations, see beautiful crafts and works of art by local artists, and learn about the unique culture of the area. The New Orleans Seafood Festival offers guests the opportunity to feast on local seafood delicacies in various restaurants throughout the city such as Acme Oyster House, Cafe Giovanni and Drago’s Seafood Restaurant. Mardi Gras is one of the most famous festivals in North America and takes place every February or March. It is the biggest festival of its kind and is filled with costumes, parades, music, culture and balls – all with a high energy, party atmosphere. Other year-round attractions in New Orleans include Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, the historic Voodoo Museum, Jackson Square, Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo, the Wax Museum, the Aquarium, New Orleans Zoo, and The French Quarters. Some famous landmarks to visit while vacation in New Orleans are Bourbon Street, The Superdome, Jackson Square, George Washington Cable House, Fort Jackson, Gallier House, St. Louis Cathedral and Lafayette Cemetery.
There are many hotels to choose from when planning New Orleans city breaks and there is something to suit every vacation budget. At Parc St. Charles, guests get great value at affordable prices and will enjoy an on-site restaurant, a bar and lounge, fitness facilities and a coffee shop. La Quinta Inn and Suites offers complimentary breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness facilities and a restaurant. Guests at Midtown Hotel enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and lounge, a restaurant and a pool table. When seeking luxury accommodations, guests enjoy luxurious surroundings at Ritz Carlton, where they also enjoy a full spa, fine dining, a fitness center and babysitting services. Windsor Court Hotel offers access to free wireless Internet, a boutique gift shop, an art collection, a fitness center and a lounge with live music. Loews Hotel, which is said to be one of the world’s best hotels, is home to a cocktail lounge, luxurious guest rooms, a spa and a fitness center.
A great way to learn more during vacations in New Orleans is by taking a tour of the city. Most of these tours are done by foot or by bus, and there are history tours, ghost tours, night tours, neighborhood tours, cemetery tours, culinary tours and tours of the French quarter. There are also many interesting places to see outside the metropolitan area. Some day trips go to Mississippi Gulf Coast, The North Shore, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Grand Isle and various cities and towns in states of Alabama and Florida. While in some of these locations, travelers can take dinner cruises
, hiking tours and many other fun and adventurous activities to take part in. Actually, New Orleans city breaks offer always a huge list of attractions, so no wonder it are considered some of the most rewarding USA travel deals!