The easiest way for Americans to travel to another country is to head south to New Orleans. Considered by most to be the northernmost Caribbean city, New Orleans is a delicious concoction of its previous and current residents. Spanish, Native American, French, Caribbean, and American influences mix throughout the city to create a gumbo of cultures. The Crescent City loves to party, so chances are there's a festival happening whenever you arrive. As hot as the temperatures may rise, know that there's an air-conditioned restaurant always a step away from any of the hotels in New Orleans. Reserve a spot in one of the French Quarter hotels to ensure you're in the center of the action.
Out and About in New Orleans
Good, cheap hotels in New Orleans aren't as difficult to find. And 3-star hotels in New Orleans are plentiful as well. Score one near one of the streetcar lines for a prime place to explore the city. Take the streetcars up and down St. Charles Avenue to view the mansions and grand oak trees. Jump off to spend an afternoon at Audubon Park and Zoo. The ferry from the zoo will bring you back to the French Quarter at the Audubon Aquarium. No trip to The City That Care Forgot would be complete without time spent on Bourbon Street. Have your fun and indulge in a few cocktails. Enjoy a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's or a Vieux Carre at Carousel Bar.
Eating and Drinking
Food in NOLA can be as simple or high-brow as you desire. For some, nothing beats a fried shrimp po-boy from Parkway Tavern while others swear by the Sunday brunch at Galatoire's. The majority of residents will tell you that a life well-lived includes regular visits to both eateries. Choose any New Orleans hotel--they'll all put you close to the best restaurants because it's hard to find a bad place to eat in the Crescent City.
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