While Bourbon Street can be avoided (unless it’s your first visit to New Orleans - you have to experience it), the French Quarter is always a must-do, any time of year. As the city’s oldest neighborhood, the Vieux Carre is packed with gorgeous architecture, loads of history, a wealth of food and music, and a cast of characters, including long-time residents, chatty tour guides, and talented street performers. Be sure to take in the views of the Mississippi from the edge of the Quarter.
Visitors have always descended on New Orleans for major events like Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and a slew of annual festivals. Many are also drawn by the locally-grown music — jazz, brass band, funk, and more. Others come to eat (and eat and eat) at the amazing restaurants in the city. Aside from all that, both visitors and locals can spend time checking out the best New Orleans attractions. From historic properties and museums to colorful locales and Crescent City icons, these attractions are must-sees among the best things to do in New Orleans.
In a city rich with history, each neighborhood — from the French Quarter to the Garden District — is an attraction. The Spanish, French, and Caribbean influences in the city are worth exploring in New Orleans’ museums, as well as its arts and cultural scenes. The city is evolving but rooted in its past, with the modern and historic mixing seamlessly. When exploring these New Orleans attractions, whether cemeteries, streetcars, or museums, you’ll get swept up in the unique flavor of NOLA.
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