1. The French Quarter
The French Quarter is the heart of New Orleans. It beats with the music of skilled musicians, provides a stage for many street performers and is home to some of the city’s finest clubs, museums, art galleries and restaurants.
Here are a few of the best-loved points of interest in the French Quarter of New Orleans:
2. The Garden District
In 1806, Barthelemy Lafon designed the Garden District to be a neighborhood of elegant family homes and parks with ponds, fountains, and canals. This district continues to be well-loved for its historic homes and their gardens, as well as for its shopping opportunities and the Lafayette Cemetery.
3. Faubourg Marigny
Centuries ago Faubourg Marigny was a prosperous plantation owned by Bernard Marigny. As the young city of New Orleans expanded, Bernard divided his land and sold it to Creole families and business owners. Today Faubourg Marigny maintains distinct Creole and European traits and provides great music, food, and shopping opportunities.
Local photographers, sculptors, jewelers and other artists gather every evening at the Palace Market on Frenchmen Street. They share their skills with anyone who passes through and offers a wide variety of handmade souvenirs.
4. Central Business District
As its name suggests, the Central Business District encompasses most of New Orleans’ commerce and financial institutions, but it has a lot to offer tourists as well in the way of history and shopping.
Best Outdoor Activities in New Orleans
New Orleans is an extensive city with a wide array of historical and cultural sites, shopping opportunities, and fine dining, but it also has outstanding natural beauty.