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New Orleans is a hub of culture, music, food and drink. A holiday here is one to remember and this vibrant city has more than enough fun to be had in every respect. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and with over 80 clubs pumping out music till the early hours. You’re sure to find a party around every corner. Whether you’re a jazz fan, or you prefer blues, funk, R&B or rock, there are some incredible performances to enjoy in this bustling city. If it’s a lively evening of music and drinking you’re after, head to New Orleans’ traditional Preservation Hall where you listen to some of jazz’s best local acts. For something a little lower key, try Snug Harbor on Frenchmen Street which boasts some incredible performances for locals and tourists alike.

No visit to New Orleans is complete without a visit to its famous French Quarter. New Orleans' oldest neighborhood boasts 13 blocks of jazz music, lively bars, markets and street performers to soak up. The spirit of New Orleans can be most felt here and you’ll no doubt be amazed by the sights, sounds and smells of this famous area. The French Quarter’s Frenchman Street is the perfect place to end an evening. If you’ve had enough of the bustle of Bourbon street, this quieter side street is where you’ll find most of New Orleans’ locals. Here you can enjoy local music, street performers and eclectic art of every kind.

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Take a minute away from the hubbub of the French Quarter and indulge in a picnic down to Audubon Park. Jump on one of New Orleans’ historic streetcars from canal street and take a stroll around the pretty lagoons and lawns. There’s plenty of trees draped with the iconic Spanish Moss you’ll see all over Louisiana. If that’s not enough, the New Orleans Zoo is across the road and there’s even a public golf course too if you’re up for a round or two.

For a combination of history and beauty, head to Garden District, a beautiful area lined with old oaks and lovely historic mansions. The restaurants and bars here are some of New Orleans’ best and the architecture is second to none. You can reach Garden District by streetcar from the French Quarter. If you’re after culture, music and a lively atmosphere to get swept away in, New Orleans is for you. Take the whole family down south and experience everything this Louisiana gem has to offer.

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The beautiful Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis is the oldest cathedral in the United States.


The French colonised Louisiana in the 1690s and the state was later given to the Spanish in 1763 which gives it its unique cultural heritage.


During the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, the Superdome sheltered thousands of people and was damaged in the storm but then rebuilt.


Lake Pontchartrain is the biggest body of water in Louisiana at 630-square-miles. It has an average depth of 14 feet.


The Causeway is the longest bridge over water at a huge 23 miles long. It links North Shore to New Orleans and gives fantastic views.


Jackson Square was designed by architect Louis H. Pilié to look like the famous 17th-century Place des Vosges in Paris.


Actor Nicolas Cage bought an elaborate pyramid-shaped tomb for himself in New Orleans’ Saint Louis Cemetery – now that’s planning in advance!


New Orleans’ RTA - Streetcars were built in 1923 and are a fun way to get around the city for just $3 for a day pass.


New Orleans is known as the festival capital of the world. There are dozens of festivals each year celebrating music, food and heritage.


The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is one of the largest domed structures in the world.